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.