One thousand, four hundred and seventy former judging team members from twenty-four universities were questioned to measure the positive and negative aspects of lntercollegiate Meat Judging. Intercollegiate Meat Judging imlproved writing ability, decision making skills, exposed students to animal agriculture, developed concentration ability and provided an opportunity for the pursuit of excellence through competition. The number of regional or national meat judging contests necessary to maximize the benefits from participation was approximately 4.0. Participants believe meat judging is not too competitive and the positive educational benefits should merit continued strong departmental, local, state and national support. Justification exists to obtain additional local and national support to improve a sound educational program which has served animal agriculture well since 1926.
meat judging, long term study, intercollegiate