Department of Animal Science Well Represented at National Dairy Challenge

Six Animal Science undergraduate students and coach Marcia Endres traveled to Tifton, GA, March 27, 2019 to participate in the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge. Four of them – Jordan Agrimson, Lauren Hendel, Jake Siewert and Krista Styer – represented the U on the National Dairy Challenge Contest, and two of them – Rachel Coyne and Sierra Swanson – participated in the Dairy Challenge Academy.  The event offered a great opportunity for our students to put to use all they have learned about analyzing dairy farms and learn new things about this unique region for dairy.  Tifton, Georgia, was home base for the 2019 North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge®, with eight area dairies participating in the educational event. Dairy students from 44 colleges worked to improve their dairy management and communication skills, networked with other students, and explored industry careers.

Dairy Challenge is a unique, real-world experience where dairy students work as a team and apply their college coursework to evaluate and provide solutions for an operating dairy farm. This year’s contest participants included 36 universities, whose four-person teams competed for awards based on the quality of the teams’ farm analysis and appropriate solutions. Their farm presentations were evaluated by a panel of five judges, including dairy producers, veterinarians, finance specialists and seasoned agribusiness personnel. Our national team represented the University of Minnesota well!

Left to right: Lauren Hendel, Jordan Agrimson, Jake Siewert, Krista Styer, and coach Marcia Endres

Left to right: Sierra Swanson, coach Marcia Endres, and Rachel Coyne