Students Square Off In Meat Judging At National Western Stock Show

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Students for Colorado State University participating in a meat judging competition.

Prime, choice or select? That's a decision you make when you buy beef at the grocery store. But it's not just a selling point. It's an official government grade for the quality of the meat, with prime being the best.

There are people on the ground who now how to give those grades. Many began by competing in collegiate meat judging contests like the one at a Greeley meat-processing plant this Sunday that's part of the National Western Stock Show. Colorado State University professor of meat quality and safety Dale Woerner is the chairman of the competition. He spoke to Colorado Matters host Nathan Heffel about the world of competitive meat judging.