UWP in top 10 at National Dairy Judging Contest

November 3, 2003

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Team members pictured left to right are Emily Novinskie, Melissa Manke, Dan Davis, Chris Davis and advisor Dr. Mike Mee.

PLATTEVILLE-On Sept. 30, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Dairy Cattle Judging Team competed in the 83rd National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest associated with World Dairy Expo. Twenty-five teams representing colleges from all over the U.S. and Canada participated. Team members were Dan Davis (Pardeeville), Chris Davis (Wisconsin Dells), Emily Novinskie (Fennimore), and Melissa Manke (Bangor).

In the linear traits portion of the contest, the team placed eight overall, with Manke placing 11th as high individual.

In the actual dairy cattle judging contest, the seven major breeds of cattle were represented within the 12 classes of animals evaluated. Six classes were identified as reasons classes. Overall, the team placed 10th in the contest and 14th in reasons.

Breed results were: third in Ayrshire; 11th in Brown Swiss; 12th in Holsteins; ninth in Milking Shorthorn; 12th in Guernsey; 10th in Jersey, and 17th in Red and White.

Dan Davis placed 21st overall in the contest, and was named "An All-American Judge". Contestants had to place in the top 25 in order to be named "An All-American".

The top ten teams were:

  • 1 - Cornell - 2500 points
  • 2 - UW-Madison - 2475
  • 3 - Cal-Poly - 2470
  • 4 - Minnesota - 2459
  • 5 - Penn State - 2439
  • 6 - Oregon State - 2433
  • 7 - Michigan State - 2427
  • 8 - UW-River Falls - 2423
  • 9 - Iowa State - 2400
  • 10 - UW-Platteville - 2399

"A top 10 finish at the national contest is a great accomplishment for our team," said Dr. Mike Mee, director of the School of Agriculture and Pioneer Dairy Club advisor.

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