Sale of Angus female helps students raise funds to compete in international contest
Efforts by Angus breeders, Colorado State University Animal Science Department and others, brought together beef supply chain segments during the CSU bull sale, March 28, Fort Collins, Colo.
The annual sale, which features the University's Angus and Hereford seedstock, has traditionally been a platform to showcase students learning beyond the classroom walls. This year, in addition to featuring the efforts of CSU's merchandising team, the sale highlighted the CSU Meat Judging Team, whose members are raising money to compete in the Australian National Meat Judging Contest.
Collaboration with animal science department peers, the generosity of Angus breeders, and the sale of an Angus heifer are important parts of the judging team's fundraising efforts. The team, a part of CSU's meat science department, worked alongside CSU's seedstock program, and relied on the generosity of other Angus producers to aid their fundraising.
The combined efforts brought in $1,550 toward the team's fundraising goal. The Angus heifer, Prairie Marsh Pride 803 is sired by BR Midland. She was donated by Prairie Marsh, Poynette, Wis. The McConnell Family, McConnell Angus, Fort Collins, Colo., purchased the January 2008 female.
CSU Meat Judging coach, Scott Howard, notes the importance of generosity and partnerships that lead to invaluable learning opportunities for students. The help and generosity of others in the beef industry are giving his team the privilege to represent the U.S. while participating in a competitive learning environment. CSU's four-member team is the third from the U.S. to be invited to the competition; teams for the previous two years include those from the University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill., and Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla.
The international contest is a five-day event hosted by the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association. It includes two days of training alongside students from Australian and Japanese teams, and two days of contests, where competitors evaluate pork, lamb and beef. Students will interact with other participants and learn more about Australia's system. "This contest will expose the students to something they wouldn't otherwise get through any program in the U.S.; it gives them a more global perspective on the meat industry," says Howard.
CSU Meat Judging Team members include Heather Pierce, Golden, Colo.; Ruth Woiwode, Fort Collins, Colo.; Renee Kinsey, Tucson, Ariz.; and Amanda Greenwell, Kealakekua, Hawaii.
For more information about the CSU Meat Judging Team, their fundraising efforts and information on this year's contest, contact Scott Howard at: Colorado State University Department of Animal Sciences Fort Collins, CO 80523-1171; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; or phone: 970-566-3744.