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Dairy Club takes second place at regional conference

February 26, 2016

University of Wisconsin-River Falls Dairy Club students took home a second place finish in the junior divi- sion of the quiz bowl competition at the Midwest Regional American Dairy Science Association – Student Affiliate Division (ADSA-SAD), Feb. 5-7 in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Fifty-five members of the UW-River Falls Dairy Club attended the meeting accompanied by Dennis Cooper, professor of dairy science, and one of the club’s advisers. Twelve universities attended the conference that offered industry tours, educational sessions, intercollegiate com- petitions and networking opportunities.

UWRF fielded teams in both the junior and senior divi- sions of the quiz bowl competition. The junior team consisted of Trent Miller of Spring Valley; Charles Moore of Fennimore; Joel Olke of Manitowoc; and Andy Helmer of Plymouth. The senior team was made up of Cole Mark of Elmwood; Alex Huibregtse of Plymouth; Jacob Pintens of Dallas; and Sierra Solum of Rice Lake.

The Saturday program included industry tours and educational sessions. Attendees toured Kuehnert Dairy, a family-owned 6th generation dairy, and Blessing Farms, featuring registered Brown Swiss since 1936. In the after- noon, students chose three of five educational workshops: Dairy Marketing, Animal Welfare, Being an Entrepreneur, Employer and Employee Relationships, and Consumer Relations.

The formal program concluded with a banquet Saturday evening, followed by a dance. UW-River Falls was the smallest campus present in terms of total enrollment, but had the largest delegation at the conference and was honored at the banquet for that accomplishment. UWRF was also recognized for having the best participation in the educational workshops. A new officer team for the Midwest Regional Division was also installed that evening. Eryn Orth of Winona, Minn., retired as secretary/ treasurer, while Moore was elected as 1st Vice President.