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Students Receive Gold Rating at Dairy Challenge


APRIL 22, 2005--A team of four students from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls competed in the Fourth Annual North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge (NAIDC), a two-day competition to test students' knowledge of the dairy industry as applied to real a dairy farm setting.

Some 26 teams from across the United States and one team from Canada gathered in State College, Penn., on April 8-9 to compete in the contest hosted by Penn State University.

The 2005 UW-RF team consisted of (seated, L to R): Glen Groth, a senior dairy science major from Dakota, Minn. and Michelle King, a senior dairy science major from Edgar, Wis. and (standing, L to R:) Charles Henn, a senior dairy science major from Shawano, Wis., and Luke Buttles, a senior agricultural education major from Black Creek, Wis.

On the first day of the competition, teams received background information about one of three designated working dairies, including production and farm management data. After an in-person inspection of their assigned dairy, participants interviewed the herd managers. Each team then developed a farm analysis and presentation materials, including recommendations for nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health, housing and financial management.

On the second day, team members presented their recommendations for their dairy to a panel of judges from the dairy industry and fielded questions from the judges.

Presentations were evaluated based on the team's analysis and recommendations for their assigned dairy. The top three teams at each dairy received a platinum placing. The following three teams received a gold award, and the remaining three teams from each dairy received a silver award.

"It's a good competition and a great experience for the students," notes Larry Baumann, UW-RF dairy science professor and team coach. "I was proud of the team. They had a quality presentation and competed against teams from many top agricultural universities."

The UW-RF team's gold rating at the NAIDC can be attributed to each student's personal dairy experience, and their education and coaching help from UW-RF dairy science professors Steven Kelm, Perry Clark, Dennis Cooper, and Baumann.

The NAIDC was established as a management contest to incorporate all phases of a specific dairy business. It strives to incorporate a higher-learning atmosphere with practical application to help prepare students for careers in the dairy industry.

The NAIDC is made possible through support from corporate sponsors. In 2005 platinum sponsors included: ABS Global Inc., Ag Enhance Program of NE Farm Credit and CoBank, Agway Foundation, Inc., Alltech, Arm & Hammer Animal Management Systems, DairyBusiness Communications, Diamond V Mills, Elanco Animal Health, Farm Credit System Foundation Inc., Genex Cooperative Inc., Monsanto Dairy Business, Northeast Dairy Producers Association, Pfizer Animal Health, Select Sires Inc., Soy Best, and West Central Soy.

Gold sponsors include: AgChoice Farm Credit, Alta Genetics Inc., Bou-Matic, Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC, MidAtlantic Farm Credit, Morgan&Myers Inc., Pennsylvania Dairymen's Association, Prince Agri Products Inc., Renaissance Nutrition Inc., ReQuest Ltd., Vermont DHIA, WestfalioSurge Inc., and Zinpro Corp.

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