Students Represent the University of Minnesota at Midwest Dairy Challenge

Left to right: Lauren Hendel, Krista Styer, Jake Siewert, Maddie Lindahl, Blaine Knutson, Julia Nunes, Jordan Agrimson, Marcia Endres (coach).

The University of Minnesota was well-represented at the 14th annual Midwest Dairy Challenge held February 7-9 in Madison, WI. The event was hosted by University of Wisconsin-Madison with 118 student participants from 20 collegiate dairy programs in Midwestern states. Participants from the University of Minnesota included CFANS students Jordan Agrimson, Lauren Hendel, Blaine Knutson, Maddie Lindahl, Julia Nunes, Krista Styer, and Jake Siewert. Dr. Marcia Endres coached the team.

Dairy ChallengeĀ® is an innovative dairy analysis competition developed by industry and university professionals, which exposes students to opportunities in a vibrant dairy industry. Working in four- or five-person, mixed-university teams, students at the Midwest Dairy Challenge assessed all aspects of a working dairy farm and presented recommendations for improvement to a panel of judges and participating farm families. The ultimate goal of providing recommendations is to help improve farm performance and operation profitability.

Team members presented recommendations and then fielded questions from a panel of judges. These official judges included dairy producers and industry experts in dairy finances, reproduction/genetics, nutrition, and animal health. Presentations were evaluated for accuracy of analysis and recommendations, with awards presented at the end of the day.

Team member Julia Nunes placed 1st on Farm 1. All seven students gave a very professional presentation as individuals on their respective teams. Congratulations! Our students described the contest as an excellent learning and networking opportunity. We thank all the industry sponsors that make the Dairy Challenge possible.