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Dairy and Animal Students Sweep Beef Quiz Bowl

Posted: March 15, 2012

Students representing Penn State’s Department of Dairy and Animal Science won the National Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl at the 2012 Cattle Industry Conference in Nashville, TN, from February 1-4, 2012.

This year’s win continues a strong tradition with Penn State teams having won the contest 10 times – more than any other university since the contest’s inception in 1993. Penn State placed second six times.

Members of the 2012 team included Steve Bond, Jim Thorpe, PA; Sarah Doyle, York, PA; Dustin Dreyfus, Hampstead, MD; and Brianna Isenberg, Indiana, PA.

This is the 17th time Penn State has represented the Northeast Region in the National Championship event. Last year the Regional contest was hosted by the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Dan Kniffen, Assistant Professor of Dairy and Animal Science, and Dale Olver, Instructor of Dairy and Animal Science, advise the team.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Dairy and Animal Science, said, “I congratulate the team for their outstanding performance in a very challenging contest, with the very best young people from around the country. This continues a long legacy of high excellence by our students at the national Beef Quiz Bowl, and reflects the strong academic background they have received in our undergraduate program. It also reflects their diligence and dedication in preparing for the contest.”

In the event, students are asked questions pertaining to various disciplines related to cattle and beef production, including nutrition, physiology, meat science, and genetics, as well as current events in the national cattle industry. With four members to a team, the contest features double elimination, and the team with the best record wins.

The second highest-scoring team in the invitation-only contest was Texas A&M University. Other teams included Ohio State University and the University of Wyoming.