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UW-Madison Takes Third In National Collegiate Judging Contest At World Dairy Expo

The University of Wisconsin-Madison dairy cattle judging team took third place overall at the 86th National Collegiate Dairy Cattle Judging contest. Twenty-one national and international teams competed Oct. 2 at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.
The UW-Madison team was third High Team Overall (2526 points, Virginia Tech won the contest), first in Oral Reasons, first in Ayrshires, first in Linear Evaluation and fourth in Holsteins.

Mitch Amundson of Mt. Hope topped all judges in the Oral Reasons competition and helped lead the team of Badger judges to another first place Oral Reasons finish in the National Contest – UW has won Oral Reasons 17 times since 1980. The 2006 team’s third place finish also continues an impressive streak of 22 consecutive years that UW has placed in the top five teams.

Individual Awards and Members:

Alane Uhe – Janesville, WI – Dairy Science & Ag Journalism – Senior
*4th High Individual Overall and All-American (854 points)
*2nd in Holsteins
*3rd in Milking Shorthorns
*5th in Oral Reasons
*7th in Ayrshires
*9th in Jerseys

Mitch Amundson – Mt. Hope, WI – Dairy Science – Senior
*14th High Individual Overall and All-American (839 points)
*1st in Oral Reasons
*8th in Linear Evaluation
*9th in Milking Shorthorns

Tony Brey – Sturgeon Bay, WI – Dairy Science – Senior
*20th High Individual Overall and All-American (833 points)
*1st in Linear Evaluation

Lindsey Worden – Cassville, NY – Dairy Science & Ag Journalism – Senior

“This group of seniors just did everything we asked of them, they were so coachable,” said coach Ted Halbach, UW-Madison dairy cattle evaluation instructor. “They gave the kind of dedicated effort it takes to be successful in this competition; winning Oral Reasons is a testament to how hard they worked. The nature of this competition is that there are a handful of teams that can win on a given day and our students put in the necessary preparation to be among that select group of teams.”

“One of the goals these students set for themselves was to take a proactive role as team leaders,” stated Halbach. We had a big sophomore class this fall and our Expo team seniors really deserve a lot of the credit for the success that group enjoyed this season, no question they led by example.”

“UW’s tradition of excellence in dairy judging is something that is important to everyone associated with the program,” Halbach said. We are indebted to all the farms that provide us with outstanding classes to practice on year after year and of course our judging alums who freely volunteer their time to listen to and critique our student’s reasons. I am sincere in saying that without their efforts, none of this is possible.”

Halbach and Dr. Dave Dickson, emeritus professor of dairy science, coached the team. The UW-Madison Dairy Cattle Judging Teams are funded through contributions and income generated by the UW Foundation’s David Dickson Judging Team Fund.

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Editors: Photos can be downloaded at http://www.cals.wisc.edu/downloads/OctDairyJudge

Photo captions

ExpoHiReasTeam.jpg – (Left to right): High Oral Reasons team. Award sponsor Eric Taylor, International Protein Sires, Ted Halbach, coach, Mitch Amundson, Alane Uhe, Lindsey Worden, Tony Brey, Dr. Dave Dickson, coach

ExpoHiReasIndiv.jpg – Bob Hagenow presents Mitch Amundson with the first place Oral Reasons award.