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MSU Dairy Cattle Judging Teams Place Well
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Eight students represented Michigan State University in the 2010 National Intercollegiate and Post-Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contests Sept. 27 at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.


Source: Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Contact: Sara Long, 517-432-1555, ext. 223

MSU dairy cattle judging teams place well at World Dairy Expo

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Eight students represented Michigan State University (MSU) in the 2010 National Intercollegiate and Post-Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contests Sept. 27 at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.

Members of the MSU post-secondary dairy cattle judging team were dairy management sophomores John Anibal, Gaines; Dale Dick, McBain; Cristine Vanlieu, Reading; and Ross Williams, Homer.

Representing MSU on the college team were animal science seniors Krista Beeker, Centerville; Jessica Makowski, Macomb; and Lynnae Slavik, Ashley; and agribusiness management senior Sara Mowry, Burlington.

Nineteen teams from across the United States representing junior and community colleges, agricultural technology programs and technological institutes competed in this year’s Post-Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. Honduras also sent two teams.

As a team, MSU finished fifth in Brown Swiss, fourth in Jerseys, first in Milking Shorthorn, third in the Red and White breed and sixth overall. In individual breed classes in the post-secondary contest, Vanlieu placed third in the Ayrshire breed. Dick placed second in Brown Swiss, third in Milking Shorthorn, seventh in the Red and White breed and eighth overall.

In the college contest, Slavik earned All-American honors finishing 11th overall and 16th in oral reasons. Slavik also placed seventh in the Ayrshire breed, second in Brown Swiss, 14th in Guernseys, and 10th in the Red and White breed. As a team, MSU placed 11th overall, eighth in Ayrshires, ninth in Brown Swiss, and seventh in the Red and White breed. Twenty teams competed in the intercollegiate division.

World Dairy Expo is truly an international dairy event – it includes an industry trade show, national dairy cattle shows and sales, youth judging contests, virtual farm tours and educational programs. Total attendance for this year’s weeklong event was 65,136, which included 2,468 international guests representing 87 countries. Shows were held for seven dairy breeds. A total of 2,411 head of cattle were on the show grounds, representing 743 exhibitors from 36 states and six Canadian provinces, and 771 commercial exhibitors from 42 states, five Canadian provinces and 26 countries took part in the industry trade show.

Sponsors for the MSU and Michigan 4-H dairy judging programs are ABS Global, Inc.; NorthStar Cooperative; the Michigan Holstein Association; the Michigan District 1 and District 6 Holstein Associations; the Michigan Jersey Cattle Club; the United Dairy Industry of Michigan; the Michigan Milk Producers Association and the Michigan Dairy Memorial Foundation.

For more information about the MSU and Michigan 4-H dairy judging programs, contact Joe Domecq at domecqjo@msu.edu or call 517-353-7855.

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MSU Dairy Cattle Judging Team