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Dairy Challenge Competition Comes to Wisconsin This Week
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/16/2016

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Southwest Technical College will host college dairy students from 16 schools in 10 states at the Midwest Dairy Challenge this week. The competition will take place February 17-19 in Platteville, where 77 dairy students from 12 four-year colleges and four technical schools are expected to participate.

The event is one of four regional contests sponsored each year by North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge. Each team of students puts textbook knowledge to the ultimate test by providing solutions for a dairy. Their task includes inspecting an operating dairy, where they will 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.

Students 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.

Over its 15-year history, Dairy Challenge has helped prepare nearly 5,000 students for careers as dairy owners or managers, consultants, researchers, veterinarians or other dairy professionals.

The 2016 national event will be held in April in Syracuse.

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