Carving her way to a win

Kate Werfel.

Kate Werfel.

In not your ordinary, everyday challenge, Clare's Kate Werfel has been crowned individual champion at the 30th annual Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association competition.

The third year University of Adelaide vet student is as happy as pig in mud to be involved.

Recently Kate achieved success in the cattle ring and decided to broaden her animal knowledge - and learn more about the stock she would handle following her degree.

Teams judged lamb, pork and beef on the hook and into the various retail cuts.

Kate said the team of 15 began training and learning part way through their first term this year and also spent time with a butcher at Tafe.

This team also headed to Wagga Wagga where they competed against others from across Australia as well as teams from Japan, Pakistan, Indonesia and America.

A week of practical workshops and industry career expos culminates in the competition.

Joining her was Clare's Emma Peters with each named in the top 16 overall and will both go on to do a week's training in Brisbane before the final top six are selected to travel and compete for Australia in America.

For her efforts, Kate was presented the John Carter Founders Buckle by Mr Carter in the 30th anniversary, where she placed third for questions and reasons, third for overall placings, second lamb judging and overall champion.

As top of this, University of Adelaide's top four and team finished runner-up overall and the highest placed Australian team.

"I got the champion overall winner, which was amazing and I was not expecting it," Kate said.

"It (the competition) has really opened my eyes and it is really exciting what is happening in the meat industry."

Kate felt the competition complemented her current vet studies and allowed her to see the importance of helping producers from the very beginning through to the final product.

"For me, I think it's really important to understand what makes your cut of beef better than the other," she said.

"I'm really passionate about being a vet and being a large animal vet."