University of Minnesota Places First in Oral Reasons in National Dairy Cattle Judging Contest

The University of Minnesota’s dairy cattle judging team placed 1st overall in oral reasons in the national collegiate contest for the second time in three years on October 2 at World Dairy Expo, Madison, WI.  The Minnesota team was also 2nd in Brown Swiss, 2nd in Milking Shorthorn, 4th in Guernsey, 5th in Holstein, 5th in Jersey, and 6th overall.    

Team member Brooke Roberts, Whitelaw, WI, placed 1st individually in oral reasons, and she is the fourth University of Minnesota contestant over the past seven years to place 1st in oral reasons in the national collegiate contest.  Other team members were Laura Jensen, Comstock, WI; Austin Schmitt, Rice, MN; and Trent Dado, Amery, WI.  Individually, Roberts was also 3rd in Brown Swiss and 12th overall.  Jensen was 4th in oral reasons, 3rd in Milking Shorthorn, and 14th overall, and Schmitt was 19th overall.

Coaches for the team were Dr. Les Hansen; Scott Ellinghuysen, Altura, MN; Alicia Thurk Hiebert, Browerville, MN; and Eric Houdek, graduate student.


Photo caption: University of Minnesota team member Brooke Roberts, Whitelaw, WI, was presented the plaque for top individual in oral reasons in the national collegiate dairy cattle judging contest from Dr. Dave Selner, Executive Director of National Dairy Shrine.


Photo caption: First-place oral reasons team in the national collegiate dairy cattle judging contest at World Dairy Expo, Madison, WI, from the University of Minnesota (l. to r.): Graduate student Eric Houdek, coach; Scott Ellinghuysen, Altura, MN, coach; Trent Dado, Amery, WI; Laura Jensen, Comstock, WI; Brooke Roberts, Whitelaw, WI; Austin Schmitt, Rice, MN; Alicia Thurk Hiebert, Browerville, MN, coach; Dr. Les Hansen, coach.