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More than 120 students from 13 colleges and universities across the northeast and Canada are expected to attend the 2017 Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge. The three- day event is a hands-on educational opportunity to prepare students for careers in the dairy industry.

WHAT: Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge

WHEN: October 26 - 28, 2017

WHERE: Most of the activities will be based out of the Holiday Inn in Auburn, NY. Students will visit dairy operations in the region.

The Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge is designed to create an educational environment and facilitate a real-world dairy evaluation. To accomplish this, students are placed on mixed-university teams. The Dairy Challenge strives to incorporate a higher- learning atmosphere with practical application to help prepare students for a variety of careers in the dairy industry.

Attendees should note the change in schedule for this year's event. The program will kick off at 11 AM on Thursday, October 26 with introductions and trainings for mentors and students. In the afternoon, students will be assigned to their competition teams and depart for analysis of the dairies. Students will develop a comprehensive program for their host farm including recommendations for nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health, housing and financial management and prepare presentations on Friday morning. Judging will begin on Friday afternoon and continue on Saturday morning. The event will conclude with a brief banquet and luncheon on Saturday afternoon.

On Friday night, Sunnyside Dairy will host a unique hiring and educational event for students and local dairy producers. Professional recruiter, Dan Simmons, from Continental Search & Outplacement, Inc. will lead an educational and interactive workshop that focuses on recruiting and retailing employees in the dairy industry and will provide local producers, event sponsors and students an opportunity to network. Event attendees will also have an opportunity to tour Sunnyside Dairy's new milking facilities. There is a fee to participate in this event. For more information, please visit

About Dairy Challenge

NAIDC is an innovative event for students in dairy programs at North American post-secondary institutions. Its mission is to develop tomorrow's dairy leaders and enhance progress of the dairy industry by providing education, communication and networking among students, producers, and agribusiness and university personnel. Over its 16-year national history, Dairy Challenge has helped prepare more than 5,000 students for careers as farm owners and managers, consultants, researchers, veterinarians or other dairy professionals. The next national event will be April 12-14, 2018 in Visalia, CA.

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