2017 Midwest Regional Dairy Challenge, Madison, WI
Farm 1 First Place: Team #2
During the Midwest Dairy Challenge, Team 2 was awarded the top ranking for their evaluation at Baerwolf Dairies. Seated (L-R): Jessica Pralle, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Chelsea Schossow, South Dakota State University. Standing (L-R): Jared Sanderson, Michigan State University; Nicholas Leyendekker, Dordt College; and Ty Ax, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Students compare notes after in-person farm inspections. Team members have time to collaborate and ask questions to the farm owner before preparing their analysis and recommendations.
Farm 2 First Place: Team 16
Team 16 captured first place on Ballweg Dairies. Seated (L-R): Sydney Endres, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Angela Evers, The Ohio State University. Standing (L-R): Michael Rottinghaus, Kansas State University; Emily Butler, Michigan State University; and Blaine Knutson, University of Minnesota.
During the two hours that students are on their host farm, they evaluate all aspects of the dairy and assess opportunities to maximize herd performance. Through data analysis, farm visit and interviews with the owners, students can see the full picture to prepare a 20-minute presentation for the farm owners and judging panel.
Farm 3 First Place: Team 21
Taking top honors for their assessment of Manthe Farms was Team 21. Seated (L-R): Audrey Schmitz, Kansas State University, and Amber Yager, University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Standing (L-R): Bradley Griswold, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and John Maurer, Lakeshore Technical College;
Volunteers at 2017 Midwest Regional Dairy Challenge
Dairy Challenge is widely supported throughout the nation by dairy producers, agribusinesses and industry professionals. At the 2017 Midwest event, 90 volunteers were engaged to support student work and discuss employment and internship opportunities.
Kent Phalen, Land O Lakes Purina Feed and 2017 Host Theodore Halbach, University of Wisconsin Madison
The 2017 Midwest Dairy Challenge was hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and led by Theodore J. Halbach (right). The host school is selects contest farms, coordinates logistics and facilitates educational programs. Kent Phalen (left) of Land O Lakes Purina Feed was one presenter, sharing with students “Characteristics We Look for in Interviews.”