The Ohio State University dairy judging team took home the top honors and the Brown Swiss Canton III Traveling Trophy on Sept. 20, after winning the 16th Annual Accelerated Genetics Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. The Ohio State University team was coached by Bonnie Ayars and Bill Langel and included team members: Curtis Bickel, Jason Miley, Laura Gordon and Hannah Thompson.

Placing Second Overall in the contest was the University of Wisconsin-Madison, coached by Ted Halbach. Team members were: Carissa Levash, Ty Hildebrandt, Laura Elliott and Danielle Brown. And coming in Third Overall was the University of Minnesota, coached by Les Hansen. Team members were: Caitlin Kasper, Megan Herberg, Abby Udermann and Robert Westman.

In the Overall Individual competition, Carissa Levash, University of Wisconsin-Madison, took home the top spot.

The other top individuals included:

  • Caitlin Kasper, second, University of Minnesota. 
  • Jason Miley, third, Ohio State University. 
  • Danielle Brown, fourth, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 
  • Curtis Bickel, fifth, Ohio State University. 
  • Gary Bettencourt, sixth, Modesto Junior College. 
  • Hannah Thompson, seventh, Ohio State University. 
  • Kaleena Westaby, eighth, Iowa State University. 
  • Megan Herberg, ninth, University of Minnesota.
  • Val Mohr, tenth, South Dakota State University.

The University of Minnesota team won the High Team in Reasons with second place going to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and third place to Ohio State University.

The Top Three Individuals in Oral Reasons take home a special scholarship from the James Crowley Fund. Placing First in Oral Reasons was Carissa Levash, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Second was awarded to Jason Miley, Ohio State University; and Third was awarded to Caitlin Kasper, University of Minnesota.

Thirteen teams participated in the contest this year from across the United States. The contest is held at the Vernon County Fairgrounds in Viroqua, Wis. During the contest each participant placed ten classes and gave five sets of oral reasons. They judged at least one class of each of the following breeds: Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey and Milking Shorthorn.

Another portion of the Accelerated Genetics Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest was the leadsperson showmanship contest. Every year, the youth of Vernon County assist the contest by leading the cattle — this year 28 youth participated. Placing first in the Junior Division was Ryan Gutenberger, second place was Chelsea Daines, and third place was JJ McClelland.

In the senior division, Arlissa Landis placed first, Jessica Parker placed second, and Hannah Petersheim was third.

The overall showmanship winner received a special award in memory of David Larson, who worked very closely with the Vernon County youth and the judging contest. The recipient of the David Larson Memorial Showmanship Award went to Carrie Jo Leum.

Contest and award sponsors include: American Guernsey Association, American Jersey Cattle Association, American Milking Shorthorn Society, Ayrshire Breeders Association, Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders Association, Fort Dodge Animal Health, Connie Schmelzer, American Printing/Schumann Printers, Inc., Holstein Association USA, James W. Crowley Fund, Merial Ltd., Milk Products, Inc., Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Sci-Tech Premixes, Swiss Valley Farms, Co., The Baraboo National Bank, The State Bank of Viroqua, Vernon County Agricultural Society, Vernon County Junior and Open Dairy Exhibitors, Village Market, the Wisconsin Brown Swiss Canton III and Accelerated Genetics.

Source: Accelerated Genetics