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Badger Dairy Camp At UW-Madison Again Plays To Full House

Ninety-seven youth from four states attended the ninth annual Badger Dairy Camp at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on June 15-17.

The camp”s activities included dairy management skill stations at the new UW-Madison Arlington dairy facility as well as clinics on fitting, showmanship and judging. Campers also had hands-on learning workshops at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and at the campus Dairy Cattle Center, where they dissected a dairy cow”s udder and explored the rumen of a cannulated cow.

In the program”s showmanship competition, Riley Bricco of Shawano County and Elizabeth Sarbacker of Dane County were the winners of the novice division. Nick Schuster of Fond Du Lac County, Allison Funk of Rock County, and Josh McClelland of Vernon County topped the intermediate division. Brooks Hendrickson, Green County won the advanced division. Each winner received a show halter to recognize his or her achievement.

The camp”s sportsmanship award recognizes a youth who exhibits a positive attitude and is courteous and cooperative throughout the weekend. The award is voted on by the campers and counselors. This year”s winner was Brigetta Rodriguez of Verona.

Ted Halbach, Corey Geiger, Dave Dickson and Laurie Winkelman were the primary instructors for this year”s camp. They also had the help of 25 other volunteers throughout the weekend. Camp would also not have been possible without the help of its 12 gold level and 18 silver level sponsors, which funded about half of the actual program expenses.

At camp, young people between the ages of 12 and 18 receive a jump-start on their summer dairy project activities, honing their talents while developing life skills in self-confidence, teamwork and sportsmanship. For more information about Badger Dairy Camp, go to the Wisconsin Dairy Youth website. You can also contact Ted Halbach at (608) 263-3305 or tjhalbach@wisc.edu.