By Kari Stanek
Posted Friday, September 30, 2016
The 23nd Annual Accelerated Genetics Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest was held September 18, 2016 in Viroqua, Wis., with the Iowa State University taking top honors in overall. The Iowa State University team was coached by Christen Burgett. Team members Jennifer Huhe, Mariah Schmitt, Cassidy Buddenberg and Karla Hageman took home the coveted Brown Swiss Canton III Traveling Trophy for winning the contest.
Placing second overall and first place in reasons was the Cal-Poly State University coached by Rich Silacci. Team members included: Tony Lopes, Amber LaSalle, Caitlin Lopes and Matt Ruby.
The top overall individual award went to Karla Hageman from the Iowa State University. The other top individuals included (listed in order from 2nd-5th): Tony Lopes, Cal-Poly State University; Cassidy Buddenberg, Iowa State University; Cole Hoyer, South Dakota State University; and Aaron Houdek, Northeast Iowa Community College.
In the oral reasons individual competition, the top three receive a special scholarship from the James W. Crowley Fund. This years top three individuals were: Tony Lopes, Cal-Poly State University; Caitlin Lopes, Cal-Poly State University, and Jill Seiler, Kansas State University.
A total of 15 teams participated in this year’s contest representing the states of California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. They judged the following dairy breeds Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey and Milking Shorthorn with each participant placing 10 classes and giving five sets of oral reasons.
A key part of the judging contest are the youth that serve as leadspeople. Each year, Vernon County youth assist with the contest by leading the cattle – this year 25 youth participated. Showmanship awards are then given to the youth based on their skills exhibiting the cattle and sportsmanship.
In the Junior Showmanship Division Erin Torgerson placed first, Whitney Mislivecek placed second and Brooke Lockington placed third. Placing first in the Senior Showmanship Division was Krista Hall, second place David Petersheim and third was Grant Fremstad. And the Overall Showmanship Winner was Courtney Moser, who received the David Larson Memorial Showmanship Award – a special award in memory of David Larson, who worked very closely with the Vernon County youth and the judging contest.
This contest would not be possible without the tremendous support of the numerous contest and award sponsors. They include: American Guernsey Association, American Jersey Cattle Association, American Milking Shorthorn Society, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Chart Industries, Inc., Church of Christ, Connie Schmelzer, Hampel Corporation, Holstein Associaiton USA, James W. Crowley Fund, Merial, Ltd., Milk Products, Inc., Sci-Tech Premixes, Inc., Supreme Awards, The Baraboo National Bank, The Bank of Viroqua, Vernon County Agricultural Society, Vernon County Junior and Open Show Exhibitors, Wisconsin Brown Swiss Canton III – Jane of Vernon, and Zoetis.
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