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UW-Madison students place 2nd at Louisville dairy judging contest

A first place finish in Oral Reasons and consistent breed results propelled the UW-Madison dairy judging team to 2nd place at the North American International Livestock Exposition Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest held Sunday, November 8, 2009 in Louisville, Ky. The Badger judges, all juniors, finished with 2,092 points, fifteen points shy of 1st place Virginia Tech. Sixteen teams competed in this years contest.

In addition to placing first in Oral Reasons, the Badgers took 1st place in Jerseys, 2nd in Guernseys, 4th in Holsteins, and 5th in Ayrshires. Chelsea Holschbach of Baraboo, Wis., helped lead the way for the team, winning the Oral Reasons competition and taking first place in the Jersey breed.

The UW-Madison team placed:
– 2nd High Team Overall (2,092 points, 15 points behind 1st place Virginia Tech)
– 1st in Oral Reasons
– 1st in Jerseys
– 2nd in Guernseys
– 4th in Holsteins
– 5th in Ayrshires

UW-Madison team members and individual awards:

Kelly Sime – Stoughton, Wis – Dairy Science – Junior
– 5th High Individual Overall (702 points)
– 2nd in Ayrshires
– 4th in Brown Swiss
– 5th in Oral Reasons
– 7th in Jerseys

Brian Coyne – Spring Valley, Wis – Dairy Science – Junior
– 6th High Individual Overall (696 points)
– 3rd in Guernseys
– 5th in Jerseys
– 7th in Oral Reasons
– 9th in Ayrshires
– 9th in Holsteins

Chelsea Holschbach – Baraboo, Wis – Dairy Science – Junior
– 8th High Individual Overall (694 points)
– 1st in Oral Reasons
– 1st in Jerseys
– 9th in Guernseys

Ben Sarbacker – Verona, WI – Dairy Science – Junior
– 3rd in Holsteins

The team was coached by Ted Halbach, UW-Madison dairy science cattle evaluation instructor, and Dave Dickson, Professor Emeritus of Dairy Science.

“We were quite consistent with our placings, which is a prerequisite for high scores in oral reasons,” said Halbach. “Normally three students in the top 10 will win a contest, but on this day Virginia Tech”s first- and second-place high individuals just accumulated too many points for us to get past.

“I was really pleased by this group”s preparation, as each of our students had to balance very heavy class schedules with judging practices in the weeks leading up to the contest,” stated Halbach. “Their success should give them some confidence for next year, but it will also help them recognize that we have to get better as a team if we want to achieve our goals at next year”s national contest.”