The 22nd annual Accelerated Genetics Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest was held Sept. 20 in Viroqua with University of Wisconsin-Madison taking top honors in both reasons and overall. The UW-Madison team was coached by Chad Wethal and Brian Kelroy. Team members Kristen Broege, Abigail Martin, Megan Lauber and Sara Griswold took home the coveted Brown Swiss Canton III Traveling Trophy for winning the contest.
Placing second overall was UW-River Falls coached by Steve Kelm and Mary Holle. Team members are Charlie Moore, Tim Abrahamson, Trent Miller and Meghan Connelly.
The top overall individual award went to Kristen Broege from the UW-Madison. The other top individuals included (listed in order from 2nd-5th): Logan Voigts, UW-Madison; Meghan Connelly, UW-River Falls; Jessica Pralle, UW-Madison; and Lars Sivesind, Iowa State University.
In the oral reasons individual competition, the top three receive a special scholarship from the James W. Crowley Fund. This year's top three individuals were: Kristen Broege, UW-Madison; Meghan Connelly, UW-River Falls, and Abigail Martin, UW-Madison.
A total of 12 teams participated in this year’s contest representing the states of Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. They judged the following dairy breeds Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey and Milking Shorthorn with each participant placing 10 classes and giving five sets of oral reasons.
Source: Accelerated Genetics