Center of the Plate Training – Registration Now Open!


Registration is now open for the always popular Center of the Plate (COP) Training®, a three-day course covering the fundamentals of meat specifications. Attendees will be offered an in-depth, first-hand look at the processes involved in converting carcasses to meat cuts commonly available in retail and foodservice establishments.

Presenters include:

-Steve Olson, former Meat Marketing Specialist at USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

-Davey Griffin, Ph.D., Professor and Extension Meat Specialist at Texas A&M University

-Richard Lawson, National Poultry Supervisor at USDA’s AMS;

-Representatives from producer group organizations.

The training features a detailed cutting demonstration of all the major center of the plate protein items, including beef, veal, lamb and pork, as well as sessions highlighting poultry, processed meats and seafood.

The course is being co-hosted by the American Association of Meat Processors, American Meat Science Association, Chicago Midwest Meat Association, Canadian Meat Council, Southwest Meat Association and Southeastern Meat Association. COP is funded in part by the Beef Checkoff, and is co-sponsored by the Pork Checkoff, Lamb Checkoff and Merck Animal Health.

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