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UW-Madison places second at NAILE Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest

Consistent breed results and a second place finish in oral reasons propelled the UW-Madison dairy judging team to second place at the North American International Livestock Exposition Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest held Sunday, November 9, 2008 in Louisville, Ky. The Badger judges, all juniors, finished with 2114 points, just three points shy of first place University of Illinois. Nineteen teams competed in this year”s contest.

The Badgers also took second place in Holsteins, third in Brown Swiss, third in Ayrshires, third in Guernseys and sixth in Jerseys.

The UW-Madison Team Placed:
* 2nd High Team Overall (2114 points, 3 points behind 2nd place University of Illinois)
* 2nd in Oral Reasons
* 2nd in Holsteins
* 3rd in Ayrshires
* 3rd in Brown Swiss
* 3rd in Guernseys
* 6th in Jerseys

UW-Madison Team Members and Individual Awards:

Kayla Buske – Brownsville, Wis. – Dairy Science – Junior
* 6th High Individual Overall (710 points)
* 2nd in Oral Reasons
* 2nd in Guernseys
* 5th in Holsteins

Shi Lurvey – Lone Rock, Wis. – Dairy Science – Junior
* 7th High Individual Overall (708 points)
* 5th in Brown Swiss

Ashley Sprengeler – Plato, Min. – Dairy Science – Junior
* 14th High Individual Overall (696 points)

Kristin Natzke – Fond du Lac, Wis. – Dairy Science & Ag Journalism – Junior
* 19th High Individual Overall (693)
* 8th in Jerseys

Ted Halbach, UW-Madison Dairy Science Cattle Evaluation Instructor and Dave Dickson, Emeritus Professor coached the team.

“This team of juniors probably made more progress in the week of practice leading up to the contest than any team I”ve coached,” said Halbach. “Our focus was on appropriating the proper weight for each PDCA Score Card major breakdown and the concept that comparing each animal to true-type comes before making comparisons to other animals in the class. Admittedly, our methods were a little unorthodox but they bought into the process and the results speak for themselves.”

“For some kids who have more judging experience it”s sometimes easy for them to fall back into old habits but I was especially proud of this group for how open minded and committed they were to apply what they were being taught,” stated Halbach. “I think they”ve positioned themselves nicely to be in the mix of top teams for next fall.”

View larger photo here. left to right:  Coach Ted Halbach, Kristin Natzke, Ashley Sprengeler, Shi Lurvey, Kayla Buske