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March 30, 2001

UW-RF Students Win Dairy Quiz Competition

A team of four students from UW-River Falls won the Dairy Quiz Bowl competition at the Midwest Regional American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) Student Convention, held Feb 22 to 25 at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

The Dairy Quiz Bowl is based on the concept of "College Bowl" games, where two teams compete and the winner takes on the next team, until only one team remains, according to Perry Clark, professor of dairy science at UW-RF. Clark accompanied the students to the convention. A typical question for the Dairy Quiz Bowl, Clark said, would be something like, "What is the major volatile fatty acid produced in the rumen of a cow?"

Members of the winning team included Elsa Arnold, a freshman majoring in agricultural business, from Caledonia, Minn.; Rachel Bakeberg, a sophomore majoring in agricultural business, from Waverly, Minn.; Dennis Bangart , a freshman majoring in dairy science, from Auburndale, Wis.; and Jennifer Drinkall, a sophomore majoring in dairy science, from Lanesboro, Minn. The students were selected to participate in the competition through a testing process.

Two busloads of students from UW-RF, 80 people in all, attended the conference. They stopped along the way to tour dairy farms in Wisconsin and Illinois, and to visit the Miller Brewery in Milwaukee.

In addition to the Dairy Quiz Bowl, there were "ag olympic" games at the conference, just for fun. Students competed good-naturedly in a hay bale stacking competition, and in a milk chugging contest, which was won by Jeff Lambrecht, a senior animal science major from River Falls. The convention also offered a career fair, where students could talk to representatives from the dairy industry about potential careers.

Ten other Midwestern universities were represented at the conference, offering students a chance to meet students from other campuses and to make contacts in the dairy industry.

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