UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
February 19, 2014--A University of Wisconsin-River Falls Dairy Club team took top honors in the quiz bowl competition at the Midwest Regional American Dairy Science Association- Student Affiliate Division (ADSA-SAD) Conference in Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 31- Feb. 2.
More than 400 students from 13 universities around the region attended the conference to expand their knowledge on the dairy industry. Steve Kelm, professor of animal science, accompanied the 44 members from UWRF who attended. The conference included educational sessions, intercollegiate competitions, and networking or social events.
UWRF competed in both the junior and senior divisions of the quiz bowl competition, with the UWRF team taking home top honors in the senior division Friday evening. The senior team included: Jeff Neuser, Manitowoc; Isaac Solum, Rice Lake; Erik Warmka, Fox Lake; and, Eric Zwiefelhofer, Bloomer. The senior team placed first after defeating UW-Madison in the semi-finals and Ohio State University in the finals. The junior team, consisting of Liz Boesl, Boyceville; Eryn Orth, Winona, Minn.; Brad Rostad, Zumbrota, Minn.; and Sierra Solum, Rice Lake; was defeated in the semi-finals.
On Saturday the students spent time on the campus of Ohio State University where they participated in a day long series of educational sessions on various topics related to the dairy industry. The day concluded with a networking event with representatives of agribusinesses, followed by a formal banquet.
Each year at the conference a new Regional Officer team is elected. Warmka has been serving as the Second Vice President for 2013-14. Tim Borgardt, Oshkosh, was elected as an Officer at Large for 2014-15.
As is tradition, the group takes the opportunity to tour a dairy farm while traveling to the ADSA-SAD conference, to broaden their horizons of different dairy operations. This year they stopped at R-Style Holsteins in Edison, Ohio. This is a long-time family owned 200-cow dairy operation that opened a new facility in 2008. Each year a different school is selected to host the ADSA-SAD conference. UW-Platteville will host the event in 2015. UWRF last hosted ASDA-SAD in 2011.
Photo: The UW-River Falls Senior Team that took first place, L-R: Steve Kelm, advisor, Erik Warmka, Isaac Solum, Jeff Neuser and Eric Zwiefelhofer.