Texas Tech University

Texas Tech Meat Judging Team

2017 Meat Judigng Team

The Meat Judging Team is comprised of predominantly sophomore and junior students who are interested in developing their knowledge of the meat industry. It is open to students of any major. The team competes at national competitions including the National Western, the  Southwestern Livestock Exposition, the Houston Livestock Show, the American Royal, the Cargill High Plains and the International.

National Championships: 1989, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015

Current Team Members:

Maddie Ainsley, from Hondo, Texas

April Molitor, from Hondo, Texas

Kaylee Martin, from Roscoe, Texas

Clay Brayden, from Wall, Texas

Cole Bradford, from Shallowater, Texas

Dean Chapman, from Sweetwater, Texas

Kenna Faulkenberry, from Stephenville, Texas

DeLaney Hanagan, from Artesia, New Mexico

Eduardo Hermosilla, from El Paso, Texas

Dustin Jones, from Hondo, Texas

Kyle Mahagan, from Plainview, Texas

Benjamin Mills, from Shallowater, Texas

Jess Nighswonger, from Keenesburg, Colorado

Samuel Spradlin, from Granbury, Texas

Ryan Zaiontz, from Hondo, Texas


National Western-Champion Team Southwestern- Champion Team Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo- Champion and Reserve Champion Team.

The team is coached by Dr. Mark Miller, Loni Woolley Lucherk, Nick Hardcastle, Clay Bendele and Erin Beyer.

Contact Information:
Mark Miller, Ph.D.

(806) 834-0837


Animal & Food Sciences