University Students Exhibit Cattle at International Show

January 16, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE--In November, four UW-Platteville Block & Bridle students took five of Pioneer Farm's red angus beef cattle to the North American International Livestock Expo (NAILE) in Louisville, Ky. Accompanied by advisor Alicia Prill-Adams were Ryan Weiskircher (Mineral Point), Chad Hefty (Mount Horeb), Jennie Campbell (Rewey) and Sondra Merry (Hillsboro).

Starting in August, several students began training the animals. Their goal was to take the cattle to World Beef Expo in Milwaukee in September with the hopes of going to the NAILE. The cattle were competitive at World Beef Expo and with the help of the students, preparations continued for the Louisville show. Several students helped with all the preparation work including clipping, washing and training the animals. Students Anissa Szesterniak (Berlin) and Victoria Heidt (Hollandale) also went along to help with the expo.

Showing the animals wasn't all the Block & Bridle club did during its stay in Milwaukee.

"We publicized the Pioneer Farm Steer and Heifer Show and the UWP School of Agriculture, " said Szesterniak, a sophomore majoring in animal science.

Once in Louisville, the four students attending did all of the fitting and showing. In addition to showing the cattle, the group worked to recruit potential UW-Platteville students who stopped by to see the cattle. They also had the opportunity to network with producers from around the country. UWP student Ryan Weiskircher said, "This has been one of the best learning experiences I have ever been a part of. From working with the animals, to attending a national livestock show, to meeting a variety of people, these are experiences which will last a lifetime."

According to Prill-Adams, "It was a tremendous hands-on team learning experience for the students. There aren't many schools around the country that give their students this kind of opportunity. Even those students who did not go to the show had the opportunity to work with the animals and gain practical experience."

"This is another way to utilize the animals at the Pioneer Farm," commented Phil Wyse, director of operations at the UWP Pioneer Farm. "We are proud that our cattle are of the quality to be competitive at these national shows. Our goal is not to win, but to provide the students with a positive experience."

All of the animals exhibited were part of the embryo transfer project at Pioneer Farm. The project is possible through the continued cooperation with Ray Brickl of Spring Green.

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