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Students take top honors at regional dairy science conference

February 28, 2014

A UW-River Falls Dairy Club team took top honors in the quiz bowl competition at the Midwest Regional American Dairy Science Association- Student Affiliate Division (ADSA- SAD) Conference in Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.

More than 400 students from 13 universities around the region attended the conference to expand their knowledge on the dairy industry. Steve Kelm, professor of animal science, accompanied the 44 members from UWRF who attended. The conference included educational sessions, intercollegiate competitions and networking or social events.

UWRF competed in both the junior and senior divisions of the quiz bowl competition and took home top honors in the senior division Friday evening. The senior team included: Jeff Neuser, Manitowoc; Isaac Solum, Rice Lake; Erik Warmka, Fox Lake; and Eric Zwiefelhofer, Bloomer. The senior team placed first after defeating UW-Madison in the semi-finals and Ohio State University in the finals. The junior team, consisting of Liz Boesl, Boyceville; Eryn Orth, Winona, Minn.; Brad Rostad, Zumbrota, Minn.; and Sierra Solum, Rice Lake, was defeated in the semi-finals.

Each year at the conference, a new Regional Officer team is elected. Tim Borgardt, Oshkosh, was elected as an Officer at Large for 2014-15.

Each year a different school is selected to host the ADSA-SAD conference. UW-Platteville will host the event in 2015. UWRF last hosted ASDA-SAD in 2011.