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

A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison dairy cattle judges was second high team overall at the 2005 Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show – Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, Jan. 16 at Fort Worth, Texas. Chad Wethal, a senior majoring in dairy science, was high individual overall at the contest. The Badger team placed first in oral reasons, Guernseys and Jerseys; second in Brown Swiss; and third in Holsteins. Six teams competed.

Individual Awards and Team Members:

Chad Wethal – Brooklyn, Wis. – Dairy Science – Senior
High Individual Overall (655 out of 700 points)
1st in Oral Reasons
1st in Guernseys
1st in Jerseys
4th in Brown Swiss

Pete Rindal – Fall Creek, Wis. – Dairy Science – Senior
3rd in Jerseys
5th in Brown Swiss
5th in Oral Reasons
6th High Individual Overall

Abby Huibregtse – Plymouth, Wis. – Dairy Science and Ag Journalism – Senior
2nd in Oral Reasons

Jeni Dingbaum – Eastman, Wis. – Dairy Science and Ag Journalism – Senior
3rd in Oral Reasons
5th in Guernseys
10th High Individual Overall

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

The UW-Madison team”s travel was sponsored by Lallemand Animal Nutrition, Vita Plus Corporation, Alta Genetics Inc., Foremost Farms, Badger Dairy Club, the David Dickson Dairy Cattle Judging Team Fund and the Associated Students of Madison.