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Top Cut: A Beef Contest

2017 winning schools and projects

Two Schools Win Beef Competition

Press Release

New York Agriculture in the Classroom and the New York State Beef Council are pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Top Cut Beef Contest. In this contest students and teachers were exposed to beef production and nutrition with this experiential learning competition where they developed a marketing strategy for a product of their choice and design.

Over forty 6-12 teachersinitially registered their classrooms to participate, and each classroom was equipped with a True Beef: From pasture to PlateDVD, the True Beef Educator Guide, lesson plans,and stickers for their classroom. Every school was paired with a local beefproducer who mentored the students through the processof beef production or supplied the beef necessary for the project. In thishands-on experience, students were exposed to careers in the beef industry and learned about safe food handling practices.

Participants created beef-centric recipes which they made and tested with audiences. Submissions included sandwiches, stews, meatballs, and even jerky. The creativity with this contest was unlimited as students filmed their own commercials and designed websites to market their products. One of the judges, Ken Krutz, Manager of Empire Livestock and Board member of New York Beef Council, said of the entries, "I was amazed at the talent and innovation our youth put into their projects. It was an honor to be a judge for the Top Cut Beef contest."

Thirty entries were submitted for judging by a panel of beef producers and industry experts. Each entry was scored based on the product, the market analysis, the marketing plan, and the beef nutrition analysis. The 1st place classroom in each division will receive $250, sponsored by the New York Beef Council.

Middle School Division

Place School Project Teacher Beef Partner County
1st Pavilion Central School Grab-A-Bull's Beefy Sliders Catherine Johnston Genesee
2nd Mount Markham Beef Stew Delight Katie Lindsey Herkimer
3rd Mount Markham Hamburger Soup Katie Lindsey Cairncrest Farm Herkimer
HM Mount Markham Beef Mac and Cheese Katie Lindsey Herkimer
HM Mount Markham Steak Florentine Katie Lindsey Herkimer

High School Division

Place School Project Teacher Beef Partner County
1st E.J. Miliken Technical Center East Side Slide Richard Simon Suffolk
2nd Pavilion Central School Gourmet Beef and Tatar Bites Catherine Johnston Genesee
3rd Stockbridge Valley Central School Flamin' Maple Beef Jerky Erin McCaffrey-Smith Erin McCaffrey-Smith Madison
HM Fabius Pompey Central School Mrs. B's Beef Pies Judith Brennan and Ed Dow Dan Palladino- The Farm Store Onondaga
HM Genesee Valley Educational Partnership Texas Beef Chili (Chili Con Carne) Kerri Richardson WBB Farms and Excelsior Farms Genesee