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UWRF Places Second at Dairy Challenge
By Jessica Bergan
APRIL 27, 2009--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls team was one of four teams to receive the Second Place Platinum Award in the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge (NAIDC) held in Syracuse, N.Y.
Representing UWRF was Jillian Becker, senior dairy science major from Turtle Lake; Michael Johnson, senior dairy science major from Preston, Minn.; Sam Kreidermacher, junior dairy science major from Rollingstone, Minn.; and Brianna Pfluger, senior dairy science major from River Falls .
The Dairy Challenge was designed by professionals from the allied dairy industry and university educators to bring classroom training to life in the real world for students preparing for dairy careers.
The UWRF team spent two days at the contest. On the first day, they combed through cattle and farm management data, as well as financial records. Then the team conducted an on-site evaluation. Later that day, they also interviewed the farm owner.
After identifying opportunities to increase efficiency and profitability for the herd owner, the team presented its findings to a judging panel comprised of a dairy business owner and four experts in dairy nutrition, herd health, reproduction, and financial management. Teams were judged on their analysis of the operation, recommendations, and overall presentation.
Reflecting on this year's competition, reproduction expert and judge Ray Nebel from Select Sires Inc.
"Besides being the best training of students for what they will face in the future, the Dairy Challenge contest brings together the whole dairy industry for a great common goal," said Nebel. "The knowledge, excitement, enthusiasm, and teamwork displayed by the students at the 2009 Dairy Challenge made me feel good about the future of the dairy industry and the outstanding leaders it will have."
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