Upcoming Contests

Dairy Challenge offers several contests for undergraduate students as part of the premier dairy event in the country. National and regional contests give students the opportunity to evaluate a well-managed dairy and then recommend management enhancements to a panel of judges comprised of industry and academic professionals. The Dairy Challenge Academy runs in conjunction with the national contest and offers students an intensive program using the educational component of the Dairy Challenge contest without the competition.

National Contest & Academy

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NAIDC is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all participants. NAIDC has developed the following COVID-19 plan, which includes policies and procedures to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

As the success of our event relies on teamwork, networking and interaction, we are requesting all participants be fully vaccinated or have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival.

We will cooperate fully with our hotels and host facilities to follow their safety guidelines. We will closely monitor the CDC guidelines including mandates and policies in the areas where our events are being hosted and will be prepared to adjust our policy and/or our event if necessary.

2022 North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge
March 31 - April 2, 2022
Hosted by University of Wisconsin-Madison, Fox Valley Technical College and the Midwest Regional Planning Committee in Green Bay, Wisconsin

More Information Coming Soon!


The 2022 North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge contest will be a return to meeting in person. This year's national will be hosted by The Midwest Region, UW-Madison, and Fox Valley Technical College in Green Bay, Wisconsin March 31 - April 2, 2022. We invite you as a student, sponsor, or volunteer to learn more about the event and make your plans to join us.

Coaches: as a reminder, you have access to past presentations and data sets that you can also use for student preparation. If you need assistance logging in, contact Molly Kelley at mollyk@dairychallenge.org.

Coaches Resources

2022 Contest Information (Coming Soon!)
Letter of Invitation Rules & Regulations
Entry Form Schedule
Computer Requirements Hotel and Travel Information
Coaches Webinar Student Information Form
Academy Advisor Information University Housing Form
Saturday Corporate Technology Presentations

THURSDAY FARM TOUR

  • Farm Tour Directions
  • Farm Tour Map
  • Thursday Farm Tour Information
Resources for Student Preparation Social Media Corps Application
Information for Sponsors and Volunteers Volunteer Registration
Sponsorship Information Donate Now
2021 Contest Results 2021 Dairy Challenge Post Contest Information
2021 Post-Event Press Release Archived Contest Results and Photos

Northeast Regional Event

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NAIDC is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all participants. NAIDC has developed the following COVID-19 plan, which includes policies and procedures to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

As the success of our event relies on teamwork, networking and interaction, we are requesting all participants be fully vaccinated or have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival.

We will cooperate fully with our hotels and host facilities to follow their safety guidelines. We will closely monitor the CDC guidelines including mandates and policies in the areas where our events are being hosted and will be prepared to adjust our policy and/or our event if necessary.

2021 Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge
October 14 - 16, 2021
Hosted by Northeast Regional Planning Committee in Lyons Falls, NY


The 2021 Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge contest will be held in person in Lyons Falls, New York October 14 - 16, 2021. We invite you as a student, sponsor, or volunteer to learn more about the event and make your plans to join us.

Coaches: as a reminder, you have access to past presentations and data sets that you can also use for student preparation. If you need assistance logging in, contact Molly Kelley at mollyk@dairychallenge.org.

Coaches Resources

2021 Contest Information
Letter of Invitation and Coaches Registration Registration Form
Schedule of Events
Scorecard Download and Install Academic version of DC305 with these instructions
  • Demo herd is included for you to practice with.
  • Highly qualified assistance available at the event if you can’t make this work.
  • Does not work on MAC products.
PRESS RELEASE Dress Code Reminder for Dairy Challenge
Contest Rules Sample Presentation
Major Areas to Assess the Dairy Farm Operation Dairy Questionnaire
Financial Template Dairy Challenge Shirt Order Form

Resources for Student Preparation

Dairy Farm Business Summary - New York State

Dairy Farm Summary 2020

INFORMATION FOR SPONSOR/VOLUNTEERS

Invitation to Sponsor

NE Regional Sponsor Levels

Sponsor Event Information

Sponsorship Form

VOLUNTEER SIGN UP

Volunteer Sign Up Information & Registration Form

Archived Contest Results and Photos

Southern Regional Event

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NAIDC is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all participants. NAIDC has developed the following COVID-19 plan, which includes policies and procedures to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

As the success of our event relies on teamwork, networking and interaction, we are requesting all participants be fully vaccinated or have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival.

We will cooperate fully with our hotels and host facilities to follow their safety guidelines. We will closely monitor the CDC guidelines including mandates and policies in the areas where our events are being hosted and will be prepared to adjust our policy and/or our event if necessary.

2021 Southern Regional Dairy Challenge
November 14 - 16, 2021
Hosted by Tarleton State University and Texas A&M University in Stephenville, Texas

More Information Coming Soon!


2021 Southern Regional Dairy Challenge contest will be held in person, hosted by Tarleton State University and Texas A&M University in Stephenville, TX November 14-16, 2021. We invite you as a student, sponsor, or volunteer to learn more about the event and make your plans to join us.

Coaches: as a reminder, you have access to past presentations and data sets that you can also use for student preparation. If you need assistance logging in, contact Molly Kelley at mollyk@dairychallenge.org.

Coaches Resources

2021 Contest Information
Letter of Invitation Rules & Regulations
Entry Form Schedule
Computer Requirements Hotel and Travel Information
Coaches Webinar - PowerPoint
Sponsor Brochure Sponsor Form
Sponsor Volunteer Information Sponsor Volunteer Registration Form
Resources for Student Preparation Social Media Corps Application

BENCHMARKS

Dairy Questionnaire Student Information Form
Students: Upload Resumes Here Sample Presentation
2020 Results 2020 Press Release
Archived Contest Results and Photos

Midwest Regional Event

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NAIDC is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all participants. NAIDC has developed the following COVID-19 plan, which includes policies and procedures to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

As the success of our event relies on teamwork, networking and interaction, we are requesting all participants be fully vaccinated or have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival.

We will cooperate fully with our hotels and host facilities to follow their safety guidelines. We will closely monitor the CDC guidelines including mandates and policies in the areas where our events are being hosted and will be prepared to adjust our policy and/or our event if necessary.

2022 Midwest Regional Dairy Challenge
February 16 - 18, 2022
Hosted by Michigan State University, The Ohio State University, and Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana

More Information Coming Soon!


The 2022 Midwest Regional Dairy Challenge contest will be a return to meeting in person, and hosted by The Ohio State University, Purdue University & Michigan State University in Fort Wayne, Indiana on February 16 - 18, 2022. We invite you as a student, sponsor, or volunteer to learn more about the event and make your plans to join us.

Coaches: as a reminder, you have access to past presentations and data sets that you can also use for student preparation. If you need assistance logging in, contact Molly Kelley at mollyk@dairychallenge.org.

Coaches Resources

2022 Contest Information (Coming Soon!)
Letter of Invitation Rules & Regulations
Entry Form Schedule
Student Information Form Computer Requirements
Sponsorship Opportunities - Letter
Dairy Questionnaire Sample Presentation
Score Card Registration Information for Sponsors & Volunteers
Travel Information Sponsor/Volunteer Registration Form
Resources for Student Preparation Social Media Corps Application

Making a Farm Visit - Hutjens

VIDEOS:

Benchmarks:

  • Milk Costs
  • IL Dairy Map
  • Nutrition, Repro and Young Stock Performance on IL Dairies
Pre-event Press Release
2020 Results Press Release
Archived Contest Results and Photos

Western Regional Event

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NAIDC is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all participants. NAIDC has developed the following COVID-19 plan, which includes policies and procedures to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

As the success of our event relies on teamwork, networking and interaction, we are requesting all participants be fully vaccinated or have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival.

We will cooperate fully with our hotels and host facilities to follow their safety guidelines. We will closely monitor the CDC guidelines including mandates and policies in the areas where our events are being hosted and will be prepared to adjust our policy and/or our event if necessary.

2022 Western Regional Dairy Challenge
February 24 - 26, 2022
California (Location TBD)

More Information Coming Soon!


The 2022 Western Regional Dairy Challenge contest will be hosted by The Western Region in California (location to be determined) February 24 - 26, 2022. We invite you as a student, sponsor, or volunteer to learn more about the event and make your plans to join us.

Coaches: as a reminder, you have access to past presentations and data sets that you can also use for student preparation. If you need assistance logging in, contact Molly Kelley at mollyk@dairychallenge.org.

Coaches Resources

2022 Contest Information (Coming Soon!)
Letter of Invitation Rules & Regulations
Entry Form Schedule
Travel Information Computer Requirements
Information for Sponsors & Volunteers Sponsor/Volunteer Registration
Pre-event Press Release Student Information Form
Resources for Student Preparation Social Media Corps Application
Scorecard
Post-Event Release 2021 Results
Archived Contest Results and Photos

Dairy Challenge Vet

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NAIDC is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all participants. NAIDC has developed the following COVID-19 plan, which includes policies and procedures to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

As the success of our event relies on teamwork, networking and interaction, we are requesting all participants be fully vaccinated or have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival.

We will cooperate fully with our hotels and host facilities to follow their safety guidelines. We will closely monitor the CDC guidelines including mandates and policies in the areas where our events are being hosted and will be prepared to adjust our policy and/or our event if necessary.

Cancellation Notice:

2020 Dairy Challenge Vet - Sponsored by Merck Animal Heath

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2020 Contest Information
April 1 - 3, 2020
Hosted by the Ohio State University


The Dairy Challenge Vet contest will be co-hosted by The Ohio State University on April 1 - 3, 2020. We invite you as a student, sponsor, or volunteer to learn more about the event and make your plans to join us.

Coaches: as a reminder, you have access to past presentations and data sets that you can also use for student preparation. If you need assistance logging in, contact Molly Kelley at mollyk@dairychallenge.org.

Coaches Resources

2020 Contest Information
Letter of Invitation Schedule
Resources for Vet Preparation Contest Invitation Flyer
Post-Event Release