Award Winners

  • Product Show
  • Sleeter Bull
  • Kid's Choice Judging
  • Best of Booth
  • Innovative Awards
  • American Association of Meat Processors
  • Illinois State Fair Winners

Product Show

Sleeter Bull


2017 Sleeter Bull Award Winner, Brad Turasky of Turasky’s Meats, Springfield

BRAD TURASKY of Turasky Meats, Springfield, Illinois, was the 2017 recipient of the Sleeter Bull award at the 2017 IAMP Convention Annual Banquet in Bloomington, Illinois.  This award is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the meat processing industry in Illinois.  Brad is a 3rd generation meat processor in a family owned business that was established in 1949 by Joe Turasky Sr. Today, Brad is head of operations with 2nd generation Joe Turasky close by his side in an advisory position to the business. With Brad at the helm, Turasky's production volume has grown tremendously, and their products are now found all over the Midwest.

Brad first served as Vice President then advanced to President of the Illinois Association of Meat Processors in 2014, a position previously held by his father, Joe.  Brad was on the IAMP Board of Directors for 6 years. Currently, Brad is serving on the 2015-2017 Board of Directors for the American Association of Meat Processors. Brad was also honored by the City of Springfield for his work in bringing the AAMP Convention to his hometown of Springfield, Illinois in 2015.

Brad stays active in IAMP and AAMP, gives presentations at conventions, and holds a seat in the Meat Inspection/Governmental Affairs committee, making him an asset to the Meat Science Industry. He continues his meat education by taking various courses and staying in touch with fellow meat processors.  Over the years, Brad has been a wonderful presence at IAMP and AAMP Conventions. Not only has he grown up in the meat industry, but his knowledge has grown exponentially. He's excited about developing and promoting new protein items, and keeping this industry booming. All of these qualities make Brad a worthy recipient of the 2017 Sleeter Bull Award.

Kids Choice Judging

2015 Winners


Best Of Booth

Best of Booth award at the 2017 IAMP Convention on February 24, 2017

Innovative Awards

American Cured Meats Competition

Illinois State Fair