University of Minnesota Repeats as National Champions in Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest



First-place collegiate team in the national intercollegiate dairy cattle judging contest at World Dairy Expo, Madison, WI, from the University of Minnesota (l. to r.): Dr. Les Hansen, coach; Alicia Thurk, coach; Crystal Siemers-Peterman, Cleveland, WI; Ethan Dado, Amery, WI; Dane Thompson, Turtle Lake, WI; Gabriella Sorg, Hastings, MN; Scott Ellinghuysen, coach. Missing from photo is Eric Houdek, coach.

The University of Minnesota’s dairy cattle judging team did it again!  It placed 1st overall in the national intercollegiate contest for a second year in a row on October 3 at World Dairy Expo, Madison, WI.  The Minnesota team was also 1st in Ayrshire, 2nd in Holstein, 2nd in Red & White, and 4th in Milking Shorthorn.  Furthermore, team members place 2nd overall in oral reasons with all four team members among the top 8 individually. 

University of Minnesota team members were Dane Thompson, Turtle Lake, WI; Crystal Siemers-Peterman, Cleveland, WI; Ethan Dado, Amery, WI; and Gabriella Sorg, Hastings, MN.  Individually, Thompson was 2nd overall, 7th in reasons, 2nd in Guernsey, 2nd in Holstein, and 5th in Ayrshire.  Siemers-Peterman was 11th overall, 4th in reasons, 3rd in Ayrshire, and 3rd in Red & White.  Dado was 15th overall, 8th in reasons, and 4th in Ayrshire, and Sorg was 16th overall, 6th in reasons, 1st in Holstein, and 4th in Red & White.

Coaches for the University of Minnesota’s dairy cattle judging team were Dr. Les Hansen, Scott Ellinghuysen, Alicia Thurk, and Eric Houdek. Seventy-three 4-year collegiate students competed in the contest. 

Team rank:  1. MINNESOTA, 2. UW-Madison, 3. Cornell, 4. Iowa State, 5. Penn State, 6. UW-River Falls, 7. Cal Poly, 8. Virginia Tech, 9. Oklahoma State, 10. Purdue, 11. Kansas State, 12. Michigan State, 13. UW-Platteville, 14. Kentucky, 15. Tarleton State, 16. Ohio State, 17. North Dakota State, 18. West Virginia, 19. Colorado State.