These young people are so enjoyable to work with. They want to learn, so they put the time into studying on their own and in groups. They read material, watch videos, take quizzes, and listen to recorded questions. When they can see what they learned applied on dairy farms, they connect the book knowledge to the hands-on learning. This is when the information really takes root and the material is truly learned, and not just memorized.
Teams attended the awards banquet on Saturday evening where the top 6 teams were recognized. The participants with the highest written test score from the night before were also announced. Wisconsin’s Brett Getschel earned 6th on the written test, outpacing his teammates, with Ethan in eighth, and Chris in ninth.
Dr. Donna M. Amaral-Phillips, Extension Professor and Extension Dairy Nutritionist at the University of Kentucky, has been the contest superintendent for 23-years, and she confirmed that competition this year was spirited. Even though last year featured 20 teams, Dr. Phillips said the turnout of 17 teams this year is an indication that youth training emphasis in the dairy industry remains strong, even in the current challenging economy.