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UW-Madison Competes At All-American Dairy Judging Contest

A team of judges from the UW-Madison Dairy Cattle Judging Team competed at the 39th Annual All-American Collegiate Judging Contest on September 17, 2007 in Harrisburg, PA. The team placed 9th overall of the 19 teams competing with a total score of 1962 points. The team also earned 5th place in the Oral Reasons portion of the contest, was 5th in Brown Swiss and 5th in Holsteins.

UW-Madison Team Placed:
9th High Team Overall (1962 points)
5th in Oral Reasons
5th in Brown Swiss
5th in Holsteins

Individual awards and team members:
Annette Zwald – Hammond, Wis. – Dairy Science/Ag Journalism – Junior
2nd in Holsteins
8th in Guernseys
Daniel Walker – Portage, Wis. – Legal Studies and Communication Arts – Junior
6th in Oral Reasons
Sarah Galdi – Brandon, Wis. – Dairy Science – Senior
Joe Sarbacker – Verona, Wis. – Dairy Science – Senior

Ted Halbach, Dairy Cattle Evaluation Instructor and Dr. Dave Dickson, emeritus professor of Dairy Science, coached the team.

“Win or lose things happen in a contest that you have no control over – what”s important though is that you learn from your experience,” said Halbach. “I thought we prepared well and overall had a positive learning experience, which is really what participation in dairy judging is all about.”