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Large, Talented Group of Students at 2018 Midwest Dairy Challenge®
February 14, 2018

Coming from 10 states across the Midwest, 110 students from 20 colleges and universities gathered in the heart of Madison, Wisc., for the 13th annual Midwest Dairy Challenge. Students came together to gain valuable life, career and dairy management skills, as Dairy Challenge allows collegiates to apply theory and learning on a real-world dairy farm while working as part of a team.

The three-day event kicked off with seminars on a variety of topics to hone skills and information the students would use in the farm evaluation. Students participated in presentations from industry leaders on benchmarking financials, optimizing cow comfort, mining for data and utilizing PCDart and DairyComp 305. During the first evening, teams of four to five students from different schools met, joined in team building and analyzed herd management data and farm financials. Each team was supported by two mentors from agribusiness or universities, who guided them through the data analysis and farm inspection.

On Thursday, February 8, teams visited one of three farms: Wargo Acres, of Lodi; Dohm Farms, of Dane; and Dean’s of Dane. Teams evaluated their respective farm to make recommendations in nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health, cow comfort and financial management. After working all afternoon on their presentations, students networked with agribusiness sponsors while participating in workshops on etiquette, interviews and career development.

On the third and final day, students presented their analysis to a panel of five judges and the farm owners. Each team delivered a 20-minute presentation on the strengths and areas of opportunity for their respective farm.

Students also had the excellent industry networking opportunities with companies at an innovation fair and joined a panel of industry leaders on dairy environmental sustainability efforts.

The judges awarded the following teams with the first and second place ranking among the eight total teams participating on each farm.

Team 8-During the Midwest Dairy Challenge, Team 8 was awarded the top ranking for their evaluation at Wargo Acres. Alex Faber- Lakeshore Technical College, Julia Nunes- University of Minnesota, Diana Zamora- Kansas State University, Cassie Krebill- Iowa State University, Anthony Schmitz- University of Wisconsin- Madison

Team 8-During the Midwest Dairy Challenge, Team 8 was awarded the top ranking for their evaluation at Wargo Acres. Alex Faber- Lakeshore Technical College, Julia Nunes- University of Minnesota, Diana Zamora- Kansas State University, Cassie Krebill- Iowa State University, Anthony Schmitz- University of Wisconsin- Madison

Team 14-captured first place on Dohm Farms. Meghan Skiba- University of Wisconsin-Madison, Alexandra Houck- The Ohio State University, Krizia Lepiz- Purdue University, Ryan Smith- University of Wisconsin- Platteville, Nick Bagge- Northeast Iowa Community College

Team 14-captured first place on Dohm Farms. Meghan Skiba- University of Wisconsin-Madison, Alexandra Houck- The Ohio State University, Krizia Lepiz- Purdue University, Ryan Smith- University of Wisconsin- Platteville, Nick Bagge- Northeast Iowa Community College

 

Team 18-Taking top honors for their assessment of Dean’s dairy was Team 18. Alex Engemen- Northwest Missouri State University, Cassie Hull- University of Wisconsin- Platteville, Hannah Meller- The Ohio State University, Lindsey Lehman- University of Wisconsin- River Falls, Austin Haywood- Michigan State University

Team 18-Taking top honors for their assessment of Dean’s dairy was Team 18. Alex Engemen- Northwest Missouri State University, Cassie Hull- University of Wisconsin- Platteville, Hannah Meller- The Ohio State University, Lindsey Lehman- University of Wisconsin- River Falls, Austin Haywood- Michigan State University

Students, along with industry mentors, work together to file through the information given to them. Students are in aggregate teams made up of four to five students from the different universities and colleges.

Students, along with industry mentors, work together to file through the information given to them. Students are in aggregate teams made up of four to five students from the different universities and colleges.

Innovation Fair At the end of the competition, students are invited to attend the Innovation Fair where industry professionals and sponsors have the opportunity to visit with students about future careers and internships available.

Innovation Fair
At the end of the competition, students are invited to attend the Innovation Fair where industry professionals and sponsors have the opportunity to visit with students about future careers and internships available.

Students spent half the day on the second day of the contest to evaluate their respective dairies. Students evaluate all aspect of the dairy from reproduction, financials, cow comfort to feed quality.

Students spent half the day on the second day of the contest to evaluate their respective dairies. Students evaluate all aspect of the dairy from reproduction, financials, cow comfort to feed quality.

 

 

 

Source and photos provided by: Midwest Dairy Challenge

 



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