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By a 22-point margin, the dairy cattle judging team from the University of Minnesota placed 1st overall in the intercollegiate contest held November 6 at the North American International Livestock Exposition, Louisville, KY. This follows a 31-point margin win by the University of Minnesota at the same contest last year. The University of Minnesota has placed 1st overall in the NAILE collegiate contest 5 of the past 7 years.
All 4 members of this year’s Minnesota team placed among the top 5 individually – Ethan Dado, Amery, WI, was 1st overall, Austin Schmitt, Rice, MN, was 2nd overall, Gabriella Sorg, Hastings, MN, was 4th overall, and Laura Jensen, Comstock, WI, was 5th overall. As a team, they placed 1st in Guernsey, 1st in Jersey, 2nd in Holstein, 3rd in Ayrshire, and 5th in Brown Swiss among the 17 four-year university teams. This follows a victory this fall by University of Minnesota in the National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo, Madison, WI.
Individually, Dado was also 1st Guernsey, 2nd Holstein, and 9th Ayrshire. Schmitt was 4th Guernsey, 6th Ayrshire, 9th Jersey, and 10th Holstein. Sorg was 2nd Guernsey and 2nd Jersey, and Jensen was 1st Jersey and 4th Brown Swiss. Coaches for the team are Dr. Les Hansen, Scott Ellinghuysen, Alicia Thurk, and Eric Houdek.
Team rank (points): 1. Minnesota (2152), 2. Cal Poly (2130), 3. UW-Madison (2067), 4. Kentucky (2065), 5. Penn State (2034), 6. UW-River Falls (2033), 7. Purdue (2018), 8. Cornell (2004), 9. North Dakota State (1997), 10. Kansas State (1996), 11. Michigan State, 12. Ohio State, 13. Iowa State, 14. UW-Platteville, 15. North Carolina State, 16. South Dakota State, 17. Maryland.