Dairy judging team attends first contest of the year

October 2, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville dairy judging team competed in its first contest of the year, the Accelerated Genetics Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest, on Sept. 15 in Viroqua, Wis.

The team, finishing seventh out of 15 teams overall, consisted of senior animal science major Kami Schuler from Platteville, junior animal science major Tess Zettle from Juda, Wis., senior animal science major Angie Stier from Kiel, Wis. and sophomore agribusiness major Brock Kasten from Brillion, Wis. The team also placed fifth in the Milking Shorthorn breed, and Zettle brought home third place in the Guernsey breed and fourth place individual overall.

“I was very happy with the overall outcome of the contest,” said Cory Weigel, Pioneer Farm Dairy Enterprise manager and Dairy Judging team coach. “I wanted them to place in the top 10, and they met those expectations.”

Competitors judged 10 classes of dairy cows. For five of the classes, competitors were asked to provide judges with an oral explanation of why they ranked the cows in the order they did. In this area, points were awarded for effective articulation, regardless of the accuracy of the scores. Teams were given time to examine the cows and rate the quality of features such as udder, feet, legs, frame and body capacity. Scores were then ranked against the scores given by actual judges of the dairy cows, and points were awarded based on how close the competitors’ scores came to the judge’s.

Zettle, who has been judging since age 12, was more than excited with the contest outcome. “I was very happy on how my team finished and how I did as an individual,” she said. “I haven't judged in a few years because you cannot judge as a college freshman unless you have enough credits, so I could not believe that I did as well as I did.”

The team also competed at the World Dairy Expo on Sept. 30 in Madison, Wis. In November they will take their skills to Louisville, Ky. for the North American International Livestock Exposition.

Contact: Cory Weigel, Pioneer Farm, (608) 342-1328, weigelco@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Carly Willman, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, willmanc@uwplatt.edu

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