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NICC students win first, fifth place awards at World Dairy Expo

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Date Modified: 11/21/2012 1:17 PM

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CALMAR, Iowa — Northeast Iowa Community College dairy science students competed in the National Post-Secondary dairy judging contests at the recent World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.

NICC students won first place nationally in the Practical Application competition and earned a fifth place finish in the Traditional Dairy Cattle Judging contest. The students matched their skills against 15 other two-year colleges from across the nation.

Dairy Cattle Judging team members are Nick Duncanson, Lewiston, Minn.; Andrew Hornberg, Winona, Minn.; Jake Mills, Strawberry Point; and Rachel Scott of Westgate.

Dave Lawstuen, NICC dairy science faculty and chairman of dairy operations, said that this year's first and fifth national awards are among the best finishes the college has ever had.

"This is the second time in three years that NICC has won this contest at the national level. The Practical Application contest has students rank heifers on a combined system for phenotype (conformation) and genotype (pedigree) for both registered and commercial dairy operations," said Lawstuen. "The students then orally defend their placings in front of a panel of judges."

NICC placed fifth overall in the Traditional Cattle Judging Contest, right behind student teams representing two-year colleges in New York, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State. The contest required competitors to identify 12 classes of four cows or heifers of various breeds and give oral reasons to judges on four of these ten classes.

Lawstuen and Megan Kregel, Iowa's Dairy Center coordinator, coached the team and accompanied them to the event. The students earned additional individual honors at the World Dairy Expo:

• In addition to his 7th place individual overall finish at the expo, Nick Duncanson won 2nd high individual in the Milking Shorthorn, 3rd place high individual in the Brown Swiss and a 6th place high individual in the Guernsey competitions.

• Andrew Hornberg placed 4th in the linear analysis of dairy cattle individual competition, 3rd place high individual in the Holstein contest and 6th

high individual in the Milking Shorthorn contest.

• Jake Mills took 2nd place high individual in the Holstein contest and 8th place in the individual linear competition.

• In addition to a 6th place finish overall as an individual, Rachel Scott earned a 2nd place individual in the Brown Swiss competition, 4th place in Ayrshire, 5th place in the linear contest and 9th overall as an individual in the Reasons competition.

• Scott and Duncanson both received All-American distinction.