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Farm And Industry Short Course Dairy Judging Team Takes Second Place At World Dairy Expo

Judging in the tough practical section of the 14-team International Post Secondary Dairy Judging Contest, the UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) dairy cattle judging team landed a second place overall with a fourth in oral reasons during the recent World Dairy Expo. The placing was good enough to earn the team an invitation to compete at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh, Scotland next summer.

The International Post-Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest held at the World Dairy Expo is offered to one-, two-, and four-year colleges. The contest includes two portions, a traditional dairy cattle judging contest with evaluation and individual reasons, and a practical portion. The practical portion is a unique contest that encompasses essential on-farm skills with linear scoring, pedigree assessment, commercial heifer evaluation and group reasons.

Coach Chad Wethal, Stoughton, led team members Paula Courtney, Mukwonago; Steven Davis, Sharon; Luke Lensmire, Cleveland; and Mandy Peirick, Watertown to the high placing.

Overall placings include: a second in Jerseys, Ayrshires, and Brown Swiss; a first in Milking Shorthorns; and fourth in Holsteins. As individuals, Paula Courtney was sixth overall and tenth in reasons; Mandy Peirick was seventh overall; Steven Davis was eleventh overall and sixth in reasons; and Luke Lensmire was thirteenth overall.

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Caption: (L to R) The 2008 UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course Dairy Judging Team: Steven Davis, Sharon, Paula Courtney, Mukwonago, Coach Chad Wethal, Stoughton, Mandy Peirick, Watertown, Luke Lensmire, Cleveland.