A team of dairy cattle judges from the University of Wisconsin-Madison took second place overall at the Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, held Nov. 9 at the 2003 North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. The UW-Madison team scored 2,094 points – 3 points behind first place California Polytechnic State University. The Madison team was 1st in Brown Swiss, 2nd in oral reasons, 3rd in Jerseys, and 4th in Guernseys.
Individual awards and team members:
Kari Behling of Fox Lake, a junior majoring in dairy science and ag journalism, was 2nd high individual overall (711 points), 1st in Ayrshires, 6th in Brown Swiss, 10th in Jerseys, and 3rd in oral reasons.
Elizabeth Walker of Portage, a junior majoring in social studies-secondary education, was 6th high individual overall, 2nd in Holsteins, 7th in Guernseys, and 14th in oral reasons.
Chad Wethal of Brooklyn, a junior majoring in dairy science, was 10th in Brown Swiss and 6th in oral reasons.
Pete Rindal of Fall Creek, a junior majoring in dairy science, was 12th in oral reasons.
Ted Halbach, dairy cattle evaluation instructor, and Dr. Dave Dickson, emeritus professor of dairy science, coached the team. “It”s always tough when you lose a close one,” Halbach said, “but on the plus side, this group took some real positive steps in preparing for this contest, and the seeds of motivation for next year have been planted.”
UW-Madison dairy judges finished their fall season with one contest win and two second-place finishes in intercollegiate competition.