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Penn State Dairy Cattle Judging Team Had Another Successful Year in 2011

Posted: June 4, 2012

The Penn State Dairy Cattle Judging Team had another successful year in 2011.  To select the teams, candidates met in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties just prior to the start of fall semester to compete for positions on the Madison and Louisville teams.  The students judged over 30 classes at 12 farms representing outstanding cattle from six breeds during the tryouts.

Penn State’s team members for the first three contests of the year were Philip Bachman,  Sara Bechtel, Nathan Oleniacz, and Hannah Wentworth.  The team was coached by Dale Olver, Instructor of Dairy and Animal Science.

The year began with the Eastern States Contest in Massachusetts. The team placed first for Jerseys, second in Brown Swiss and Milking Shorthorns, fourth in Ayrshires, and sixth overall.  Individually, Bechtel placed tenth overall and for Brown Swiss, and Bachman earned fourth in Ayrshires, fifth in Jerseys, seventh in Brown Swiss, and tenth in Milking Shorthorns.

From the Big E, the team headed back to Pennsylvania for the All-American Judging Contest.  Here the team had a strong showing across breeds, earning third high team overall and third high team for oral reasons.  The group was also second in Jerseys, third in Guernseys and Holsteins, sixth in Ayrshires, and seventh in Brown Swiss.   Sara Bechtel had a great day, earning second high individual honors and placing third in Holsteins, fourth in Ayrshires, and eighth in Guernseys.  Bachman was second high in oral reasons, seventh in Brown Swiss, and eighth in Ayrshires on his way to placing seventh overall.  Oleniacz earned third in Jerseys, and Wentworth placed tenth in Ayrshires.

The team then traveled to Wisconsin for the National Intercollegiate Contest, where Penn State placed third overall and sixth in oral reasons.   The team earned second in Jerseys, fourth in Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, and Holsteins, and sixth in Red and Whites.  Individually, success was spread among team members.  Oleniacz placed tenth overall and for Jerseys and was ninth in Brown Swiss.  Bechtel and Wentworth also earned All-American honors by placing eleventh and fifteenth respectively.  Bechtel was fourth in Brown Swiss, and Wentworth placed tenth for Ayrshires and Red and Whites. Bachman placed third in Guernseys, fourth in Jerseys, and seventh in oral reasons.

The Penn State Dairy Cattle Judging Teams would like to express sincere thanks to the   herds that hosted team practices over the past year.   The team was partially supported by a grant from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Office of Undergraduate Education.