SDSU Dairy Cattle Judging Team places high at Accelerated Genetics Intercollegiate Contest

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS, S.D. — The South Dakota State University Dairy Cattle Judging Team achieved a strong finish in the 23rd Annual Accelerated Genetics Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Viroqua, Wisc., Sept. 19.

The team placed third overall, was named the second place Guernsey Team, third place Holstein Team, and fourth place Jersey Team. Kirby Krogstad, Dairy Production major from Eyota, Minn., finished as the first-place individual in the Holstein Breed and seventh high individual overall. Cole Hoyer, Dairy Production and Dairy Manufacturing double major from West Salem, Wisc.finished as fourth high individual overall.

Other members of the team include Andrew Socha, Precision Agriculture major from Rogers, Minn., and Kristin Erf, Dairy Manufacturing major from Oakdale, Minn. The team is coached by Jill Anderson, Assistant Professor in the SDSU Dairy and Food Science Department.

“Our students competed among the best and have truly shown their knowledge of dairy cattle, ability to distinguish characteristics, and importantly, their ability to communicate their reasons in an effective manner,” says Vikram Mistry, SDSU Dairy and Food Science Department Head. “I am very proud of our students for their performance and conduct. I also compliment Dr. Jill Anderson, coach of the team. This was her first contest as the coach of the SDSU Dairy Cattle Judging Team!”

A total of 14 teams participated in this year’s contest representing the states of Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, South Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, California and Wisconsin. Participants judged classes of Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, and Milking Shorthorn cattle, with each participant placing 10 classes and giving five sets of oral reasons.