To facilitate education, communication
and an exchange of ideas among students, agribusiness, dairy
producers and universities that enhances the development of
the dairy industry and its leaders.
Tomorrow's Dairy Leaders Today
There's now one event
that brings together the best and the brightest collegiate students
who are diligently studying for a career in the dairy industry:
The North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge. NAIDC is
a unique two-day competition among teams representing North
American universities' dairy science programs. The competition
challenges those institutions to inspire their students with
a high quality education - empowering them with the resources
for real-world success. This challenge incorporates all facets
of a working dairy business in a forum that's interactive, educational
and fun. The NAIDC is the competition for tomorrow's dairy leaders.
The North American
Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge allows dairy science students
to apply theory and learning to a real-world dairy while working
as part of a team.
Day one begins with
each four-person student team receiving information on a real-life
dairy, including production and farm management data. Following
an operation evaluation, teams develop a comprehensive program
including recommendations for nutrition, reproduction, milking
procedures, animal health, housing and financial management.
The first day concludes with an informal dinner with NAIDC
Day two is a presentation
day, where team members present recommendations to a panel
of judges. Competition is stiff, and team members must field
questions from the judges. Presentations are evaluated based
on the analysis and recommendations. The evening concludes
with a reception and awards banquet.
Year after year, Dairy
Challenge benefits the students, the universities, dairy producers
and agribusiness - the dairy industry as a whole - as it generates
prospective employees who are more experienced and knowledgeable,
and will be better prepared to serve the industry of the future.