The University of Minnesota Crookston Dairy Cattle Judging team competed at the World Dairy Expo in the 29th International Post-secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest on October 1-2 in Madison, Wis.

    The University of Minnesota Crookston Dairy Cattle Judging team competed at the World Dairy Expo in the 29th International Post-secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest on October 1-2 in Madison, Wis.  

    The U of M Crookston team is made up of Malia Martin, a senior majoring in animal science from Menasha, Wis.; Kaylan Risacher a senior majoring in animal science from Wright, Minn.; and Shawn Wegman, a sophomore majoring in natural resources from St. Charles, Minn. The team was coached by Professor Lyle Westrom.

    The practical contest on October 1 consisted of dairy linear evaluation, registered heifer selection, commercial heifer selection, and sire selection.  
    Malia Martin finished second in dairy linear evaluation to bring home a $200 award.  Kaylan Risacher also finished ninth in the dairy linear portion.  The U of M Crookston team finished third in the registered heifer selection competition.

    The tradition dairy judging contest took place on October 2 included a total of twelve classes of four animals each and four sets of oral reasons completed within seven different breeds of dairy cattle.  

    As a team, the team finished fourth in team reasons, which is the highest finish a U of M Crookston team has ever had in this contest. They finished sixth as a team overall.

    Kaylan Risacher had a banner day as she finished fourth in individual placings and seventh overall individually in the competition.  She also finished sixth individually in Holsteins and ninth individually for Red and White Holsteins.  The team finished fifth in Holsteins and Red & White Holsteins.  Malia Martin also had an excellent day finishing fourth individually in Jersey cattle judging.  The team finished second as a team in Jersey judging.  Malia also finished eighth in Ayrshire judging.  Judging in his first contest for the U of M Crookston, Shawn Wegman finished sixth individually in Guernsey cattle judging.

    Dairy cattle judging consists of ranking four similar aged cattle within a breed.  Contestants must then defend their placing orally to a judge.  

    A perfect placing or set of reasons on each class is given “50” points.

    The U of M Crookston has had several former students who garnered employment where they used the dairy cattle evaluation skills they learned as a student either in classes or competitions like the World Dairy Expo competition.