Texas Tech University

Texas Tech Meat Judging Team

2021 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, 2015, 2017,2019,2020

Current Team Members:

  • Jake Bagby, from Stephenville, Texas
  • Cassie Bendele, from Hondo, Texas
  • Bryce Black, from Prosper, Texas
  • Grace Carver,from Flower Mound, Texas
  • Kindle Catching, from Howe, Texas
  • Arliss Corliss, from Estancia, New Mexico
  • Morgan Elsworth, from Spring Branch, Texas
  • Grayson Harrell, from Crandall, Texas
  • Skylar Hough-Anderson, from Canton, Texas
  • Shelby Kinsey, from Lockhart, Texas
  • Caleb Kunde, from Marion, Texas
  • Grace Parker, from Slaton, Texas
  • Hannah Pearson, from Oconto, Nebraska
  • Paige Perryman, from Lubbock, Texas
  • Laurell Pfeiffer, from Hondo, Texas
  • Rance Smith, from Royse City, Texas
  • Cade Snethen, from Otterbein, Indiana
  • Kylan Swinney, from Deming, New Mexico
  • Reid Swinney, from Deming, New Mexico
  • Preston Twilligear, from Hondo, Texas
  • Dayton Wood, from Cumby, Texas


The team is coached by Dr. Mark Miller, Conner Mckinzie, Taylor Schertz, and Grant Kitten.

Contact Information:
Mark Miller, Ph.D.

(806) 834-0837


Animal & Food Sciences