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UW-Madison takes top dairy-judging honors in Ft. Worth

The University of Wisconsin-Madison judging team finished first overall and first in oral reasons at the Southwestern Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest held at the 2008 Fort Worth Stock Show Jan. 13 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Linda Behling of Fox Lake, Wis., Chrissy Wendorf of Viroqua, Wis., and Kelsi Hendrickson of Belleville, Wis. placed first, second and third respectively in the high overall individual rankings.

The Badger judges also won each of the breed competitions except for Brown Swiss where they placed second.
The UW-Madison”s Team Placed: First High Team Overall (1946 points,
52 points ahead of second place Michigan State University), first in Oral Reasons, first in Guernseys, first in Holsteins, first in Jerseys, and second in Brown Swiss.

Individual Awards and Team Members:

Linda Behling, Fox Lake, Wis., senior majoring in dairy science, High Individual Overall (653 points), first in Brown Swiss, first in Holsteins, and third in Oral Reasons.

Chrissy Wendorf, Viroqua, Wis, senior majoring in dairy science and ag journalism: second High Individual Overall (651 points), second in Oral Reasons, second in Holsteins, and third in Guernseys.

Kelsi Hendrickson, Belleville, Wis., senior majoring in dairy science and ag journalism: third High Individual Overall (642 points), first in Oral Reasons, second in Guernsey, fourth in Holsteins, and fourth in Jerseys.

Shannon Dwyer, West Bend, Wis., senior majoring in dairy science:
fifth in Guernsey.

“The actual competition continues to improve with more teams competing in the contest each year,” said Coach Ted Halbach. “Beyond the competition, it”s also a great opportunity for our students to go to Texas, learn a little about how diverse our country is, and to see first-hand what drives the agricultural and general economy of the area. This all enhances the whole experience for our senior team members.”

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

“The trip was educational and enjoyable for our whole judging team. It was a great opportunity for us and we really appreciate the support we received from all of our sponsors,” remarked Linda Behling.

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

Photo available here:

(L to R): Ted Halbach, coach, Linda Behling, Chrissy Wendorf, Kelsi
Hendrickson, Shannon Dwyer