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Texas Tech takes top meat judging title for eighth consecutive year in Houston

Texas Tech University’s meat judging team walked away with first place honors Sunday (March 4) at the Houston Livestock Show’s Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest. The Red Raider’s Black Team finished first and posted a total score of 4,053 points, winning the beef judging, lamb judging, pork judging, specifications, total placings and reasons divisions.

This is the eighth consecutive year the powerhouse team won the Houston competition. “I’m very proud of the commitment of these students this spring,” said Mark Miller, a professor and San Antonio Livestock Show Distinguished Chair in Meat Science. “We’re very blessed to have such a deep team this year.”

Individually, three team member finished in the top-ten overall. Tanner Adams, a sophomore from Sanger, was second overall. Dan Crownover, a sophomore from Italy, placed third and Steven Ebeling, a sophomore from Plainview, was eighth.

Additional team members include:
Weston Burson, a sophomore from Florence
Colton Christian, a sophomore from Farwell
Bradley Davis, a junior from Lubbock
Garydale Grubelnik, a junior from Raton, N.M.
Bo Hutto, a sophomore from Hondo
Trevor King, a sophomore from Winnsboro
Valerie Manning, a sophomore from Mabank
Zac Miller, a sophomore from Seymour
Dewayne Phillips, a sophomore from Stephenville
Heather Rode, a sophomore from Doss

The team is coached by graduate students Collin Corbin and Henry Ruiz, along with Miller.

Written by Kelsey Fletcher

CONTACT: Mark Miller, Professor, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2805, ext. 231 or



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