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Ag Students Test Their Knowledge in Academic Quadrathlon

By Jenny Bjelland
UW-RF News Bureau

MARCH 11, 2005--A record number of UW-River Falls students participated in the 2005 agricultural academic quadrathlon competition, according to UW-RF animal science professor and quadrathlon coordinator Gary Onan.

Eleven teams, each consisting of four undergraduate students took part in a two-day competition to test their knowledge of animal science, dairy science, poultry science, and small animal science.

The contest included a written exam covering animal breeding, nutrition, and production; a lab practicum exam testing ration compilation, meat grading, proper use of lab equipment along with breed, feed, and lab equipment identification; an extemporaneous oral presentation on a current issue in animal science; and a quiz bowl competition with a variety of quick-answer questions on any topic.

This year's winning team took first place in all but one category. The team of Sherman Wilson, a junior agricultural education major from Reedsburg, Wis., Matt Allerson, a junior dairy science major from Nicollet, Minn., Jared Voge, a junior animal science major from Eagle River, Wis., and Kory Duerst, a junior agricultural studies major from Verona, Wis. took first place and earned a trip to the regional Midwest Academic Quadrathlon on March 20-21 in Des Moines, Iowa.

"We're looking forward to the regional contest," said Wilson. This team has competed together in the local contest for the last three years, and they have high hopes for this year's regional competition, he said.

The Midwest Academic Quadrathlon is held in conjunction with the 2005 joint meeting of the American Society for Animal Science and the American Dairy Science Association.

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