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UWRF to Compete in 8th Dairy Challenge

Editor’s Note: For more information about the dairy challenge contact: Molly Kelley, NAIDC executive director, 217-684-3007,

MARCH 16, 2009 | The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will be among 31 universities from the United States and Canada planning to compete in the upcoming 2009 North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge (NAIDC), March 27-28, in Syracuse, N.Y.

Hosted by the Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge Committee, some 124 students will participate in this year’s contest. Michael Van Amburgh of Cornell University and Barry Putnam of Genex serve as this year’s contest co-chairs.

Participants from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls include dairy science majors Jill Becker, a senior from Cumberland; Mike Johnson, a senior from Preston, Minn.; Sam Kreidermacher, a junior from Rollingstone, Minn.; and Brianna Pfluger, a senior from Green Bay. Dennis Cooper, professor of dairy science at UWRF, is serving as coach.

Dairy Challenge involves four-person teams and allows top students in collegiate dairy programs from North America to compete in a management analysis and recommendation program. Students gain several experiences through this event. They visit a modern dairy and evaluate the business through observation and interviews with the herd owner and/or manager. They work as a team to identify management recommendations for the dairy. And, they present these recommendations to a panel of judges.

Students are also given time during the event to visit with NAIDC sponsors for educational and recruitment opportunities. Sponsors are companies, organizations and dairy producers who are committed to cultivating tomorrow’s dairy leaders. Their support encourages enhanced training and motivation of dairy students to be better prepared for the dairy industry’s future. The event also allows dairy science and business management academic programs to measure themselves against North America’s best.

Currently, more than 120 sponsors support NAIDC contests, programs and activities. Sponsors take an active role in the contest, giving them an exciting recruitment opportunity where they get to see some of North America’s brightest students.

The North American Dairy Challenge 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. Supported financially through generous donations by industry and coordinated by a volunteer board of directors, the first NAIDC was held in April 2002. For more information about NAIDC, visit


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