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Three UW students earn All-American honors at national dairy judging contest

With 19 international and national teams represented, the UW-Madison Dairy Cattle Judging team finished eighth with 2,432 points at the National Collegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest held September 28 in Madison, Wis. Of the coveted top 25 individuals, three Badger judges earned All-American recognition.

Ashley Sprengeler of Plato, Minn., Shi Lurvey of Lone Rock, Wis., and Kayla Buske of Brownsville, Wis., earned 20th, 23rd, and 25th respectively.

Virginia Tech won the contest with 2,508 points, their second consecutive National Championship.

The UW-Madison placed:
– 8th High Team Overall (2,432 points)
– 4th in Guernseys
– 4th in Milking Shorthorns
– 6th in Oral Reasons
– 6th in Brown Swiss
– 7th in Ayrshires

Individual Awards and Team Members:

Ashley Sprengeler, Plato, Minn., Dairy Science, Senior
– 20th High Individual Overall (814 points)
– All-American
– 6th in Brown Swiss

Shi Lurvey, Lone Rock, Wis., Dairy Science & Life Sciences Communication, Senior
– 23rd High Individual Overall (811 points)
– All-American
– 8th in Milking Shorthorns

Kayla Buske, Brownsville, Wis., Dairy Science & Life Sciences Communication, Senior
– 25th High Individual Overall (807 points)
– All-American
– 4th in Ayrshires

Kristin Natzke, Fond du Lac, Wis., Dairy Science & Life Sciences Communication, Senior
– 10th in Ayrshires

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

“Our seniors put in the effort to be in the mix to win this contest but it just wasn”t their day,” said Halbach. The students uniformly saw the Jersey and Holstein cow classes wrong, and with both being reasons classes, that was the contest for us. However, we had three of our four team members earn All-American recognition and how many schools could say that?”