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UW-Madison takes second in national collegiate judging championship at World Dairy Expo

The University of Wisconsin-Madison team scored 2,475 points to take second place at the 83rd National Collegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, Sept. 30 at World Dairy Expo in Madison. Cornell University took first place by 25 points; 24 national and international university teams competed.

The UW-Madison team was first in Oral Reasons, second in Holsteins and Red and White Holsteins, third in Brown Swiss, fourth in Milking Shorthorns, and fifth in Jerseys.

The UW-Madison has won the prestigious Oral Reasons competition at the National Contest 14 times since 1980. The 2003 team”s second place overall finish continues a streak of 19 consecutive years that the UW-Madison has placed in the top five teams.

Individual awards and team members:

Denise Zygarlicke of Marshfield, a senior majoring in dairy science and biochemistry, was sixth High Individual Overall & All-American (832 points), first in Red and White Holsteins, second in Guernseys, third in Reasons, and eighth in Brown Swiss.

Tom Agnew of Oconomowoc, a senior majoring in dairy science, was ninth High Individual Overall & All-American (823 points), and first in Holsteins.

Kristan Noeldner of Loyal, a senior majoring in dairy science and agricultural and applied economics, was 12th High Individual Overall & All-American (820 points) and fourth in Reasons.

Mark Heinze of Portage, a senior majoring in dairy science, was second in Holsteins.

Ted Halbach, dairy cattle evaluation instructor at the UW-Madison, and Dave Dickson, emeritus professor of dairy science at the UW-Madison, coached the team.