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December 8, 2000

UW-RF Finishes a Strong 2000 Judging Season

Students at UW-River Falls posted impressive showings in national contests during the fall 2000 judging season. Several individuals received national recognition for excellence in dairy judging skills.

The senior team competed Oct. 3 in the National Collegiate Contest in Madison, which is held in conjunction with the World Dairy Expo. Team members included Betsy Bianchi of New Ulm, Minn., Mary Jacobson of Peterson, Minn., Jeff Lambrecht of Kewaunee, Wis., and Carla Ruzic of Hixton, Wis. A total of 22 teams competed in the Expo contest, with UW-RF finishing fourth overall and second in oral reasons.

Team awards included top team overall in Milking Shorthorns, fourth team in Jerseys, and fifth team in the Brown Swiss breed. Carla Ruzic enjoyed a spectacular day, finishing as the second individual overall and first -place individual in oral reasons. Ruzic placed in the top ten individuals within four of the six dairy breeds. Betsy Bianchi also posted outstanding results, finishing as 11th-place and seventh-place individual in the overall contest and oral reasons segment, respectively. Ruzic and Bianchi were recognized as All-Americans with finishes in the top 25 individuals overall, while Lambrecht and Jacobson missed All-American recognition by a mere 10 points.

A team of juniors and seniors competed in the intercollegiate contest held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exhibition. The contest was held in Louisville, KY, on Nov. 5, and featured 17 collegiate teams. Team members for UW-RF included Cara Dueholm of Luck, Wis., Joe Meyer of Unity, Wis., Jason Schroeder of Courtland, Minn., and Jeannie Winkelman of Watertown, Wis.

The UW-RF group finished eighth overall and placed in the top ten teams in four breeds, with a high finish of third team overall in the Ayrshire breed. Jason Schroeder was the high individual on the team, and finished as the 17th individual overall. Cara Dueholm also finished in the top 20 individuals, with a top 10 finish in two breeds. Jeannie Winkelman was sixth high individual in the Ayrshire breed and Joe Meyer was sixth high individual in the Jersey breed.

Two teams from UW-RF competed in the intercollegiate contest sponsored by Accelerated Genetics at Viroqua, Wis., on Sept. 17. A total of 17 collegiate teams competed in the contest, with UW-RF teams finishing eighth and ninth overall. Members of the eighth-place team included Arlaina Gonske of Rice Lake, Wis., Katie Olson of Spring Valley, Minn., Chad Kieffer of St. Charles, Minn., and Cory Gabor of West Bend, Wis.

Members of the ninth-place team included Betsy Bianchi of New Ulm, Minn.., Jamie Bliven of Athens, Wis., Beth Pieper of New Prague, Minn., and Adam Arndt of Owatonna, Minn. Bianchi was named high individual in the oral reasons portion of the contest, and was eighth-high individual overall.

The dairy cattle evaluation teams at UW-RF are coached by Dr. Steve Kelm, department of animal and food science. Janelle Jensen, a UW-RF student from Owatonna, Minn., and Dr. Perry Clark from the department of animal and food science provided valuable assistance to him during the fall judging season.


Here is a listing of UW-River Falls students featured in the story, listed by their home town , name, major and year.


ATHENS Jamie Bliven, animal science, sophomore
HIXTON Carla Ruzic, broad area agriculture, senior
KEWAUNEE Jeff Lambrecht, animal science, senior
LUCK Carla Dueholm, dairy science, junior
RICE LAKE Arlaina Gonsky, agricultural education, junior
UNITY Joe Meyer, animal science, senior
WATERTOWN Jeannie Winkelman, dairy science, junior
WEST BEND Cory Gabor, dairy science, junior


COURTLAND Jason Schroeder, animal science, senior
NEW PRAGUE Beth Pieper, broad area agriculture, sophomore
NEW ULM Betsy Bianchi, marketing communications, senior
OWATONNA Adam Arndt, broad area agriculture, sophomore; Janelle Jensen, dairy science, senior
PETERSON Mary Jacobson, broad area business admin, senior
SPRING VALLEY Katie Olson, agricultural education, junior
ST CHARLES Chad Kieffer, dairy science, sophomore

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