MSU animal science college students compete in first nationwide dairy cattle judging contest of 2022

Seven college students traveled to Utah to compete on the Western Nationwide Spring Present.

Seven Michigan State University (MSU) college students from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) just lately traveled to Richmond, Utah to compete within the first nationwide dairy cattle judging contest of 2022. The Western Spring Nationwide Holstein Present was held Could 19-20 on the George B. Caine Pavilion, with the 2 MSU groups every bringing residence a number of trophies.

Representing MSU because the White Crew was Mikayla Bowen of Addison, Jessie Nash of Elsie, Kelsey Pasch of Mt. Nice, and Katie Wilson of Blanchard. The crew earned third general in within the contest and third in oral causes. Additionally attending the occasion was the Inexperienced Crew, which consisted of Rachael Bosse from Dorr, Drew Neyer of Mt. Nice, and Adalee Thelen of St. Johns. The Inexperienced Crew earned third place in placings. Individually, the crew members additionally earned many distinctions. Nash was sixth general and fifth in oral causes; Neyer was third general and third in oral causes; Pasch was fourth general; and Thelen positioned eighth general.


Though this was the primary contest of the yr for these two collegiate groups, this was not the primary time the scholars put their dairy cattle analysis expertise to the check. Some college students had beforehand competed in junior faculty divisions once they had been a part of the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) Program Dairy Management Program. Different crew members began judging cattle as 4-H members of their respective counties, on the state contest held throughout Michigan 4-H Youth Dairy Days, after which throughout nationwide youth dairy cattle judging contests.  Youth who had been as soon as competing towards one another at the moment are college students working collectively as a crew to signify MSU.

In preparation for the competition, the scholars visited dairy farms round Michigan to apply their analysis and presentation expertise. Dr. Joe Domecq, an educational specialist and the coordinator of dairy education schemes within the CANR Department of Animal Science, and Kirby Krogstad, a graduate pupil in animal science, coached and traveled with the 2 groups.

“This journey supplied crew members a possibility to apply and compete, however extra importantly, college students had been capable of journey and see a lovely a part of the nation,” mentioned Domecq, as he mirrored on this primary contest. “That they had the chance to get to know one another higher, which can be vital within the fall as they start to organize for bigger contests.”

Teammate Wilson mirrored on the competition as effectively.

“The chance for journey is considered one of my favourite issues about dairy judging,” mentioned Wilson. “It is nice to expertise and study how dairy farming varies in numerous components of the nation, whereas additionally competing and having enjoyable alongside the best way.”

The dairy cattle judging season can be in full swing this fall, with MSU and Michigan 4-H groups competing on the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin; and the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky.

To be taught extra about dairy cattle judging at MSU, go to the dairy judging website. The historical past of collegiate, IAT and 4-H judging in Michigan is chronicled with outcomes and photos ranging from the 1950’s to current. For questions on dairy science educational packages at MSU, contact Dr. Domecq at; for info on the 4-H dairy cattle venture, contact Melissa Elischer with Michigan State University Extension at  

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