calling all beef butchers!

If you're heading to the PAMP Annual Conference in 2019, why not show off a little and see if your skills can earn you some cash!!


who's invited to apply?

Anyone who thinks they know a little something about beef and wants to show off their skills in a fun and competitive setting!

who's hosting the contest?

The Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative, a subcontractor to the Beef Checkoff Program, through a grant from the Colorado Beef Council and the Pennsylvania Beef Council!

what will the contest involve?

A timed breakdown of the beef shoulder clod with the expectation that the clod be fabricated into the following beef value cuts; Flat Iron, Ranch Steak, Petite Tender. Judging will be based on accuracy, cutting technique, presentation of cuts and verbal consumer sales pitch. Additionally, the contest will include a beef cut identification round.

when will the contest take place?

On Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 12:00 pm. until 3:00 pm. at the Penn State Meats Lab.

Will prizes be involved?

You better believe it! 1st Place: $500, 2nd Place: $250, 3rd Place: $150. Awards will be given out to all finalists at the PAMP Awards Dinner and Auction on Saturday, May 11th from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

How do i apply?

Complete the application included as an insert in the PAMP newsletter or by completing this online applicationApplications are due by May 1. The 10 finalists will be notified by May 3rd.

did we mention!?!

At the start of the contest, the PA Secretary of Agriculture, Russell Redding, will be giving the official PA "May is Beef Month" proclamation and media will be invited to attend!

official contest rules

See the Official Contest Rules

Contest preparation resources

Ranch Steak

Flat Iron

Petite Tender

Shoulder Clod Cutting Guide (Accessible through this searchable library of cutting guides to download as a PDF)

Shoulder Clod Cutting Videos (Accessible through this searchable library of cutting guide videos)


Sponsor of the contestant sharpening steels and cut-resistant cutting gloves.

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Sponsor of the showcased digital counter scale to weigh products for yield test.  

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Sponsor of the contestant frocks and 6-inch boning knives.

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Sponsor of the beef lunch prior to the contest.

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Sponsor of the beef lunch prior to the contest.



Sponsor of the contest.

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Contest Beef Donor

The beef product used in the butcher contest has been generously donated by JBS.

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