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University Of Wisconsin-Madison Dairy Cattle Juding Teams Place First At Memphis, Second AT World Dairy Expo

A University of Wisconsin-Madison dairy cattle judging team took first at the Mid-South Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, Oct. 3 in Memphis, Tenn. The team was first in Oral Reasons, Jerseys and Guernseys; second in Ayrshires and Brown Swiss; and fourth in Holsteins.

Team members, all students at UW-Madison”s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, were Angie Brey, a dairy science major from Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; Caroline Carncross, an interior design major from Lodi, Wis.; Chris Nelson, a dairy science/agricultural economics major from Union Grove, Wis.; and Casey Olson, an agricultural journalism major from Madison, Wis.

Olson was second high individual at Memphis, and took first in oral reasons, Jerseys, Guernseys and Ayrshires, and third in Holsteins. Brey was first high individual in Brown Swiss, second in oral reasons and third in Ayrshires. Carncross was fourth in Guernseys and fifth in Holsteins. Nelson was fourth in Brown Swiss.

The Badger team barely missed first place at the National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, Sept. 29 at World Dairy Expo in Madison. The team placed second overall among 25 teams, scoring 2,587 points out of a possible 2,700. Cornell took first place overall with 2,599 points.

The team placed first in Holsteins and Ayrshires, second in oral reasons, third in Milking Shorthorns and Jerseys, and fourth in Brown Swiss. The team members, all CALS students, are Craig Carncross, a dairy science major from Lodi, Wis.; Jason Koerth, a dairy science major from Brillion, Wis.; Mark Ulness, a dairy science major from Valders, Wis.; and Nate Zwald, a dairy science/agricultural economics major from Hammond, Wis.

Carncross placed first in Holsteins, second in oral reasons, and fourth in Ayrshires and Jerseys, and was second high individual and All American. Ulness placed first in Ayrshires and third in Holsteins, and was 13th high individual and All American. Zwald placed fourth in milking shorthorns and was third high individual and All American.

At the Accelerated Genetics Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, Sept. 20 at Viroqua, Wis., the Badger team placed third overall, behind Illinois and Cal Poly. The team placed first in Ayrshires, second in milking shorthorns, third in oral reasons and Brown Swiss, and fourth in Holsteins.

Team members (all CALS students) were Angie Brey, a dairy science major from Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; Caroline Carncross, an interior design major from Lodi, Wis.; Amy Hagenow, a dairy science/ag journalism major from Reedsville, Wis.; and Larry Nelson, a dairy science major from Ettrick, Wis. Carncross placed fourth in individual Holstein judging and fifth in Milking Shorthorns. Hagenow placed fourth in Ayrshires. Nelson was fourth high individual at the contest, and placed third in Milking Shorthorns and fourth in Oral Reasons.

A Badger team also competed at the Pennsylvania All-American Dairy Show Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, Sept. 21 at Harrisburg. Team members (all CALS students) were Steve Cull, a dairy science/agricultural economics major from Pewaukee, Wis.; James Neuser, a dairy science/agricultural journalism major from Manitowoc, Wis.; Gary Swain, a dairy science major from Deerfield, Wis.; and Nick Uglow, a dairy science/agricultural journalism major from Watertown, Wis. Neuser was high individual in linear evaluation at the Harrisburg contest.

A Badger team will compete in one more dairy cattle judging contest this year, at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. in early November.

Dave Dickson, professor emeritus in dairy science, and Ted Halbach, extension youth specialist and dairy evaluation instructor, coached the Badger teams. Dickson, who has led Badger judges to five national championships during more than 30 years of coaching, continues to work with the teams. Halbach, in his first year with the team, is a past student of Dickson”s. He formerly owned and managed Marana Dairy Farm in Arizona and served on the board of directors of the Holstein Association USA. “The UW has built a winning tradition under Dave and by working with him for a couple years I can learn his system and build on his success,” said Halbach. “It”s exciting to see the progress these kids have made and I really appreciate how they have responded to the transition.”