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Participants in the Meats Evaluation and Technology Career Development Event (CDE) delve into the science of meat. During this team event, students complete a written test, judge quality yield and grade of beef carcasses, and evaluate and place beef, lamb and pork carcasses Students also identify various cuts of meat in relation to species, primal and retail cuts. 

This event is ideal for students who are interested in exploring or pursuing career opportunities in the meat animal industry. Students are challenged to develop analytical skills, critical–thinking strategies, and effective communication skills. 


Expectations at Convention for Meats
  • Hair and beard nets will be provided and MUST be worn at all times in the meat facility

  • Hats and meat lab frocks/coats MUST be worn at all times in the meat facility

  • Dress to be in the cooler for no less than 2 hours time - this may include warm outerwear/ footwear or gloves/mittens

What SHOULD students bring? (Tools/equipment/materials)
  • Two pencils

  • Clean clipboards  

  • CLEAN head covering - Hat, baseball hat, hard hat

  • CLEAN Meat frock/lab coat (if available)

What can students NOT BRING for themselves? 
  • Any paper materials

  • No charts, grids or supporting materials of any kind will be allowed

  • No scratch paper of any kind 

  • No measurement aids of any kind

  • Calculator


What will get a student/team disqualified? 
  • Any supporting materials beyond what is given by event officials

  • Using a measurement aids of any kind for any length of time

  • Any sight or sound of personal electronic devices

  • Any event official observing cheating, copying or communicating with any other competitor


What will be provided by the event?
  • Scantron sheet

  • Calculator

  • Frocks, Hair and beard nets

  • Grading worksheet, ID Worksheet and scratch paper

  • Stool to view carcasses if needed

Past Event Details

2021 Competition files

     2021 Meats Officials and Key

     2021 Materials to duplicate


For your specific questions contact:


Dennis (BJ) Bjorklund

Minnesota FFA CDE Coordinator


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