MADISON, Wis. — Penn State’s dairy judging team took top honors at the Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the 2012 World Dairy Expo in Madison. The team was top overall and finished first in team reasons.
Led by Isaac Haagen of Howard, Pa., who was overall high individual and second high in reasons, the team consisted of Arial Taxdal of Bel Air, Md., third overall and sixth in reasons; Rebecca Shaw of Williamsburg, Pa., ninth overall; and Dustin Gates of Warriors Mark, Pa., 19th overall. The team was coached by Dale Olver, instructor in dairy and animal science.
The Penn State team was high team for Ayrshires, Guernseys, Holsteins, and Red and Whites, and earned second in Brown Swiss, fourth in Jerseys, and fifth in Milking Shorthorns. All four team members earned All-American honors in the contest by placing in the top 25 overall high individuals.
Haagen earned first place in Brown Swiss and placed second in Holsteins, third in Ayrshires, and fourth in Guernseys and Milking Shorthorns.
Taxdal placed second in Red and Whites, fifth in Jerseys, sixth in oral reasons, seventh in Ayrshires, eighth in Guernseys and ninth in Holsteins.
Shaw earned fifth for Holsteins and for Red and Whites. Gates was fourth in Ayrshires and sixth in Holsteins.
Terry Etherton, head of the Department of Animal Science, said, “This is a remarkable accomplishment by our dairy judging team, and I congratulate them for their hard work and dedication. In the department, we deeply value judging team experiences for our students because they develop their decision-making skills while learning effective communication skills in defending their placings. We are extremely proud of the students’ achievements.”
At Eastern States Exposition in September, the team was second high team overall and placed first for oral reasons. Rebecca Shaw was high individual, placing first for Ayrshires, Brown Swiss and Jerseys. The team was high team for Ayrshires and Jerseys.
At the All-American Dairy Show’s judging competition in Harrisburg in September, the team placed fifth overall and third for oral reasons.
Other top five teams overall at the national contest at World Dairy Expo were University of Wisconsin, Madison, second; Iowa State University, third; University of Minnesota, fourth; and UW-River Falls, fifth. Nineteen teams competed in this year’s contest.