University of Minnesota Three-Peats at NAILE Dairy Cattle Judging Contest

First-place collegiate team from the University of Minnesota in the dairy cattle judging contest at NAILE, Louisville, KY (l. to r.): Haely Leiding, Fountain, MN; Trent Dado, Amery, WI; Krista Styer, Menomonie, WI; Brooke Roberts, Whitelaw, WI; and Dr. Les Hansen, coach.

For the third year in a row, the University of Minnesota placed 1st overall in the collegiate dairy cattle judging contest held at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE), Louisville, KY.  The contest was on November 5.  University of Minnesota teams have placed 1st overall in the NAILE collegiate contest 6 of the past 8 years.

In addition to placing 1st overall, the University of Minnesota placed 1st in both the Guernsey and Jersey breeds among the 13 four-year university teams competing this year.  Team members were Brooke Roberts, Whitelaw, WI; Haely Leiding, Fountain, MN; Krista Styer, Menomonie, WI; and Trent Dado, Amery, WI.

Individually, Roberts placed 2nd overall, 1st in Jersey, and 4th in Brown Swiss, Leiding was 6th overall and 2nd in Holstein, Styer was 16th overall and 5th in Holstein, and Dado placed 3rd in Guernsey.  Coaches were Dr. Les Hansen, Scott Ellinghuysen, Alicia Thurk, and Eric Houdek.

Team ranking: 1. Minnesota, 2. UW-River Falls, 3. Oklahoma State, 4. UW-Madison, 5. Iowa State, 6. Kansas State, 7. Purdue, 8. Ohio State, 9.  UW-Platteville, 11. Penn State, 12. Michigan State, 13. North Dakota State.