Young Dairy Leaders Compete in North America

MINNESOTA, US - Teams from the University of Minnesota, Purdue University, the University of Wisconsin–Madison and The Ohio State University earned the highest award—First Place Platinum—in the eighth annual North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge (NAIDC), held March 27 and 28 in the Syracuse, N.Y., area.
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Organized by the Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge committee, NAIDC 2009 attracted teams from 31 universities located across the United States and Canada. Each team of four was challenged to put their textbook and practical knowledge to the ultimate test – analyzing dairies. The contest started with a walk-through at one of the four host dairies, followed by the opportunity to ask questions of the owners and analyze farm-specific data.

Teams then used this information and their observations to develop management recommendations, and then presented their recommendations to the herd owners and a panel of five dairy industry judges.

This was the second consecutive year for teams from Purdue and Minnesota to earn the contest’s highest ranking. Purdue’s team, coached by Dr. Mike Schutz and Dr. Tamilee Nennich, consisted of Austin Deardorff, Macy, Ind.; Kurt Fischer, Attica, Ind.; Megan Kron, Evansville, Ind.; and Jared Roberts, Westfield, Ind. Members of the Minnesota team were Jennifer Becker, Eden Valley, Minn.; Brett Boyum, Battle Lake, Minn.; Adam Husfeldt, Gaylord, Minn.; and Amanda Rasmussen, Rothsay, Minn. They were coached by Dr. Marcia Endres.

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