Dairy cattle team earns top rankings

Dairy JudgingCFANS Dairy Cattle Judging Teams competed in the All-American Dairy Show Collegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Harrisburg, Penn., and the Accelerated Genetics/Select Sires Collegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Viroqua, Wisc., last week and placed second overall in both contests. The top five teams at Viroqua were (in descending order): Iowa State, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison, UW-River Falls, and UW-Platteville. The CFANS team also placed first oral reasons by a 21-point margin and first in Jersey breed. Team members were Laura Jensen (Comstock, Wisc.), who placed first in oral reasons by an eight-point margin; Gabriella Sorg (Hastings, Minn.), who placed third overall in oral reasons; Krista Styer (Menomonie, Wisc.), who placed tenth in oral reasons; and Megan Hill (Bristol, Vt.). Other members of the team who participated in Viroqua were Haely Leiding (Fountain, Minn.), who placed seventh overall in oral reasons; and Lauren Hendel (Caledonia, Minn.).  The top 10 teams at Harrisburg, which is a warm-up to the national collegiate contest at World Dairy Expo in two weeks in Madison, Wisc., were Ohio State, University of Minnesota, Cornell, Cal Poly, Virginia Tech, Penn State, UW-Madison, South Dakota State University, Purdue, and Oklahoma State. The CFANS team also placed first in Holstein breed. Team members were Kayla Leiding (Fountain, Minn.), who placed seventh overall, Brooke Roberts (Whitelaw, Wisc.), who placed eleventh overall, Trent Dado (Amery, Wisc.), who placed eighteenth overall, and Austin Schmitt (Rice, Minn.), who placed nineteenth overall.

Coaches are Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Dairy Cattle Genetics Les Hansen, alumni Scott Ellinghuysen and Alicia Thurk Hiebert, and graduate student Eric Houdek.

Additionally, the Minnesota 4-H team (Steele County) placed seventh overall.