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UW-Madison Dairy Science to Host Midwest Dairy Challenge
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/09/2018

The University of Wisconsin-Madison will host college dairy students at the Midwest Dairy Challenge next month in Madison. The event, which will be held February 7-9, is a prominent educational competition for students planning a career in the dairy industry. Over 100 dairy students from 12 four-year colleges and six technical schools are expected to participate.

The Midwest contest is one of four regional competitions sponsored each year by North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge. These regional contests are funded through generous support by 130 agribusinesses and dairy producers. Over its 16-year national history, Dairy Challenge has helped prepare about 5,000 students for careers as dairy owners or managers, consultants, researchers, veterinarians or other dairy professionals.

At Dairy Challenge, each team of students put textbook knowledge to the ultimate test--providing solutions for a dairy. Student participants will be assigned to teams, working with students from other colleges whom they are meeting for the first time. These teams inspect an operating dairy, analyze farm data and interview farm owners. Then they develop recommendations for nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health and housing to help the farm optimize performance and profitability.

Teams will present their recommendations to farm owners while being evaluated by a panel of five judges including dairy producers, veterinarians, farm finance specialists and industry personnel. In addition to this consulting competition, students have ample opportunity for networking and education.

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