Dairy Science Team Places Second at Dairy Challenge
USU Students Take 2nd in the 11th Annual Dairy Challenge
A team of dairy students from Utah State University took second place in their division at the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge on March 31, 2012 in Roanoke, Virginia . The team members were Karmella Dolecheck, Lacey Herbst, Misha Regouski, Tessa Verburg and coaching for the first time this year, Justin Jenson.
The competition consisted of 128 students from 32 colleges from the United States and Canada. The students were divided into eight divisions and each division contained four teams.
The first day of competition each division is given information about a dairy and taken on a tour along side a set of judges. Each team is asked to evaluate the dairy.
Day two of the competition teams present to the judges. Each team gives recommendations for what could change to better the dairy, followed by questions from the judges.
The USU team focused on replacement management, dry cow transition and heat abatement. Members of the team also said it was a great networking opportunity that let them see how what they are learning now will be applied after graduation.
Justin Jenson, team coach, said the team did well. Especially, considering several of the other universities have semester courses students can enroll in to prepare for this competition. While, the USU dairy team has been meeting on Thursday nights for several months.
Finally, the best part is each team member received $100 for placing second at the competition.
The dairy team will be presenting their award winning presentation on April 27 in ENGR 203. Refreshments will be served and all are invited to attend.
For more information contact Jenson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writer: McCarty Hatfield