Friday, May 13, 2016

Grand Champion Meats’ Owner Kelly Gall Washa Earns ‘Master Meat Crafter’ Distinction

Grand Champion Meats’ owner and operator Kelly Gall Washa recently received the distinction of Master Meat Crafter.


The University of Wisconsin-Madison Meat Science Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, offer a two-year training course focused on meat science and specialty meat product manufacture. This is the third graduating class of the Master Meat Crafter program. Through this specialized program, Kelly Gall Washa, along with 24 other individuals, earned the distinction of Master Meat Crafter.

Students of the program cover topics focused on general meat processing, fresh meats, curing meats, fermented and dried products, cooked and emulsified products, food safety and meat microbiology, and development and implementation of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP).

The program offers the opportunity to take several meat science courses and workshops as well as an exclusive mentorship program to share knowledge with employees and peers. Students, of the course, also conduct individual research projects based in their respective processing plants. The aims of the course included providing participants with an in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of meat science and meat processing principles, providing development opportunities for the growth and mobility of future meat industry leaders and innovators, and ensuring the strength, quality, and longevity of the United States meat industry.

The program was conducted by University of Wisconsin-Madison Associate Professor and Extension Meat Specialist Dr. Jeff Sindelar and was initially intended to improve the meat industry in Wisconsin. Graduates have the ability to improve their respective meat businesses, adding expertise to the mastery of meat crafting. Each graduate will be able to exhibit their expertise, knowledge, and qualifications by using a Master Meat Crafter logo to product labels, signage, and personal branding.

We are proud to announce that our owner and operator has earned this Distinction. Everyone at Grand Champion Meats is excited to see how Grand Champion will grow thanks to Kelly’s knowledge.

For more information on this program, visit the Master Meat Crafter Training Program.