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Calling All Northeast Beef Butchers!

A.Pellman | April 2, 2020

Note: The 2020 Pennsylvania Meat Processors Association has cancelled their 2020 Convention due to the Coronavirus. As a result the 2020 Best Beef Butcher Contest is also cancelled. Stay tuned for details surrounding the 2021 event. 

Put your knives to the test and see if your skills can earn you some cash!

The Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative, a sub-contractor to the Beef Checkoff in partnership with the Pennsylvania Association of Meat Processors will be holding its 2nd annual Best Beef Butcher Contest at the PAMP Annual Conference on June 4, 2020 from 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm at the Penn State University Meats Lab. 

Anyone in the Northeast who thinks they know a little something about beef and wants to show off their skills in a fun and competitive setting is invited to apply.  The contest will include a timed breakdown of the beef chuck roll with the expectation that the chuck roll be fabricated into the following innovative beef cuts: Boneless Country Style Ribs, Chuck Eye Roast, Delmonico, Denver and Sierra Steaks. 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. 

You better believe awards and prizes will be involved! 1st Place: 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, June 6th from 6:00 pm. until 9:00 pm.

To Apply for the 2020 Best beef butcher contest

Please complete both the Best Beef Butcher Application and PAMP Membership Application.  Applications are due by May 1, 2020

The 10 finalists will be notified by May 8,2020

Applicants are encouraged to register for PAMP membership when applying for the butcher contest to receive the most from your conference experience and explore everything PAMP has to offer its members.

2020 best Beef Butcher Contest Application 

Pamp membership Application 

Note:  We will continue to monitor the situation surrounding social distancing with COVID-19 and will update you accordingly if the event must be postponed to 2021. 
We will make final determinations later in April, until then we encourage those who are interested to still apply for the Butcher Contest.

Media Contact: Arika Pellman,, 814-623-2839   

Stay tuned to the Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative Facebook and Instagram pages to catch up on how the Northeast region is actively seeking to promote beef. 
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 The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States may retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval. Internal links within this document are funded and maintained by the Beef Checkoff.  All other outgoing links are to websites maintained by third parties.