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UW-Madison dairy judging team takes first at Southwestern Exposition judging contest

A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison dairy cattle judges was high team overall at the 2004 Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show – Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, Jan. 18 at Fort Worth, Texas. The Badger team placed first in oral reasons, Holsteins, Guernseys and Jerseys, and third in Brown Swiss. Eight teams competed.

Tom Agnew of Oconomowoc, Wis., a senior majoring in dairy science, was second high individual overall, first in oral reasons, second in Holsteins, and third in Guernseys.

Kristan Noeldner of Loyal, Wis., a senior majoring in dairy science and agricultural and applied economics, was fourth high individual overall, third in oral reasons, and fifth in Holsteins.

Kari Behling of Fox Lake, Wis., a junior majoring in dairy science and ag journalism, was eighth high individual overall, third in Jerseys, and fifth in Brown Swiss.

Jenny Byl of Grantsburg, Wis., a senior majoring in dairy science and ag journalism, was 16th high individual overall, first in Jerseys, and fourth in Oral Reasons.

Ted Halbach, UW-Madison Extension dairy youth specialist, and Dave Dickson, emeritus professor of dairy science, coached the team. The UW-Madison team’s travel was sponsored by the Vita Plus Corporation, Alta Genetics Inc., Badger Dairy Club, the David Dickson Dairy Cattle Judging Team Fund, and the Associated Students of Madison.