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Grant County Students Sweep State 4-H Meats Contest
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/20/2018

A team of students from Grant County took top honors in the senior division of the state 4-H meats contest. The event was held last weekend at University of Wisconsin-Madison Meat Laboratory, where team members Cora Kleist, Blake Wegmuller, Abby Meier and Kendra Jentz scored the highest points in the competition. Dennis Patterson coached the group. They will represent Wisconsin at the National 4-H Meats Judging Contest to be held this fall in Kansas City.

The second place senior team, which will advance to a contest in Denver, Colorado, was from Ozaukee County. Members of that group included James Mejchar, Jessica Mejchar, Sarah Riemer and Josh Riemer, Tim Reimer and Ashley Strong. Teri Mejchar coached the students.

Meanwhile, the top junior team this year was also from Grant County. Team members were Jessica Patterson, Libby Vogt, Avery Crooks, Alayna Barth, Luke Patterson, Leah Patterson, Bailey Grissom and Cameron Patterson, Patterson served as their coach, as well. The second place junior team was from Columbia County. Student participants were Samantha Rake, Summer Rake, Macy Cross and Faith Baerwolf. The team was coached by Todd Taylor.

The contest consisted of evaluating classes of hams, beef, pork and lamb carcasses, and two retail cut classes. Youth also identified retail cuts of beef, pork or lamb and graded beef carcasses.

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