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University of Minnesota seniors complete journey in collegiate dairy cattle judging

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Date Modified: 11/21/2012 1:05 PM

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ST. PAUL —Following three years of intensive training and practice, members of the senior dairy cattle judging team of the University of Minnesota successfully completed their collegiate judging careers in the national contest, which was held Oct. 1 at World Dairy Expo, Madison, Wis.

In their final contest, the team placed fourth overall among 19 teams.

Team members were Jacob Achen, Sauk Centre; Jayne Esch, River Falls, Wis.; David Hanson, Goodridge; and Theresa Twohey, Stewartville.

The same team of four students placed first overall, first in reasons, first in Brown Swiss, and first in Jersey among 18 collegiate teams at the All-American Dairy Show, Harrisburg, Pa. Last November, the same team was first overall, first in reasons, first in Guernsey and first in Holstein among 16 collegiate teams at the North American International Livestock Exposition, Louisville.

In the national contest at Madison, the team was first in Jersey, third in Brown Swiss, fourth in Ayrshire, and fourth in Guernsey. Jayne Esch was fourth individual overall, first in Jersey, third in Brown Swiss, and ninth in Guernsey. David Hanson was 18th overall, first in Ayrshire, eighth in Jersey and 10th in Guernsey.

For 10 of the past 12 years, the University of Minnesota has placed among the top five teams in the national collegiate contest at World Dairy Expo, which is a record matched by only one other university.

Cattle judging team coaches are Les Hansen and alumni Scott Ellinghuysen, Altura, and Alicia Thurk, Villard.