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Badger Dairy Camp June 10-12 At UW-Madison Campus

Dairy judging enthusiasts ages 12 to 19 have a chance to solidify their dairy fundamentals and get a jump on the upcoming judging and showing season at Badger Dairy Camp, June 10 to June 12 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Campers will get a head start on summer dairy project work, while building award-winning judging, fitting and showing strategies. And they will take home life lessons in self-confidence, teamwork and sportsmanship. The camp”s hands-on activities and daily contests incorporate fun, competition and learning. Workshops will show the science of dairy science, including ultrasound and embryo transfer. Each camper will experience first-hand a championship caliber Big Ten judging program.

“The level of instruction received at UW-Madison campus is second to none,” says camp director Ted Halbach. “Our dairy professionals have coached collegiate champion teams and exhibited All-Americans.”

Halbach is the UW-Madison Extension youth specialist and dairy cattle evaluation instructor. He came to UW-Madison in 1998 from Marana Dairy Farms of Arizona, where he developed a nationally recognized herd of Brown Swiss and Holstein cows. He is presently co-coach, along with David Dickson, of the UW Dairy Judging Team, and he teaches dairy cattle evaluation classes. He is a past director of the Holstein Association USA and has judged eleven state and regional Holstein shows.

The other camp instructors are emeritus professor Dave Dickson and Jim Armbruster. Dickson has coached five national champion collegiate judging teams and his teams have won the oral reasons competition 12 times. is a world-renowned dairy judge of all breeds, having judged numerous international and national shows.

Armbruster is a research program manager at UW-Madison. He coaches the UW Farm and Industry Short Course Dairy Judging Team and also teaches dairy cattle evaluation classes for Short Course. Armbruster also contributed to the success of Marana Dairy Farms and previously developed Red Brae Brown Swiss.

Campers will get a taste of UW-Madison dorm life while staying in Bradley Hall, just off the shoreline of Lake Mendota and within walking distance of all camp activities. Badger Dairy Club counselors will supervise the dorm, and meals will be served at a nearby campus dining hall.

Camp fees are $56. Apply early; enrollment is limited. The camp is sponsored by the UW-Madison Dairy Science Department in cooperation with the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association and Badger Dairy Club.

For more information or a Badger Dairy Camp brochure and application form, contact Ted Halbach at (608) 263-3305; halbach@calshp.cals.wisc.edu