Dairy Judging Team Takes Second at Second National Contest

September 22, 2015 --The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Dairy Judging Team took second place overall at the 22nd Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest sponsored by Accelerated Genetics on Sept. 20.
Twelve university teams traveled to Viroqua to participate in the contest which models other national contests. Teams must place ten classes of cattle representing the major dairy breeds of North America and present oral reasons on five of the ten classes.  Within the oral reasons segment of the contest, the student puts forth a persuasive speech, defending his or her placing on a particular class to the official judge in a one-on-one setting.
The UW-River Falls team that competed included:  Tim Abrahamson of Lindstrom, Minn.; Meghan Connelly of Rochester, Minn.; Trent Miller of Spring Valley and Charlie Moore of Fennimore.  Abrahamson, Miller and Moore are dairy science majors. Connelly is majoring in agricultural business.
Individually, Connelly finished second overall and third in reasons; Miller finished sixth overall and sixth in reasons. The team finished second overall and finished third in oral reasons. The team is coached by dairy science Professor Steve Kelm and Mary Holle. Holle is a 2011 graduate of the UWRF dairy science program and is serving as assistant coach for the first time in 2015. Holle and her husband farm in Baldwin.
This second place finish, coming on the heels of UW-River Falls second place finish at the All-American contest earlier this month, is a testament to the depth and strength of the UW-River Falls dairy judging program, as the two teams were comprised of different students.

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