The second-place team was Kaskaskia College from Illinois. Under the leadership of coach Aaron Heinzmann, the Kaskaskia team also finished first in oral reasons. Team member Jacob Raber had an outstanding day, finishing as high individual overall and first in placings. In addition, he won the Holstein breed and finished third in the Jerseys.
Raber’s teammate Naomi Scott finished sixth overall, while Nick Hammer was eighth. Jackson Brammeier completed the team.
The day’s best talker was Hammer, who won the reasons portion of the contest. He finished ahead of Kuhn in second, Hubbell in third, Modesto Junior College’s Hartley Silva in fourth, and Scott in fifth for individual reasons.
The third team overall was Modesto Junior College, and they were also third in reasons. Silva led the Modesto judges with a third-place finish individually, while her teammate Anthony Diniz took fifth. Their team was coached by Nicole Morris.
In fourth place was the team from Michigan State University, coached by Joe Domecq, Kirby Krogstad, and Sarah Black. The fifth-place team was the University of Minnesota Crookston, coached by Harouna Maiga.
Modesto Junior College led the way In the Post-Secondary Practical Contest, capturing first-place honors. Following in second place was Southwest Technical College Team #1, and Kaskaskia College was third. The practical contest is a unique feature of the post-secondary competition and is held the evening prior to the judging contest.
Congratulations to all participants in the International Post-Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest!
The author is the senior associate editor and covers animal health, dairy housing and equipment, and nutrient management. She grew up on a dairy farm near Plymouth, Wis., and previously served as a University of Wisconsin agricultural extension agent. She received a master’s degree from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.