SUNY Cobleskill Dairy Judging Team Shines in Fall Season

SUNY Cobleskill’s Dairy Judging Team ended the fall season ranked first in New York State among two-year agriculture and technology colleges after a run of strong finishes.

The team placed second at Eastern State Expo, third at the All-American Dairy Show, fifth at World Dairy Expo, and finally second at the North American International Livestock Expo.

“The Dairy Judging Team puts in many hours of dedicated practice in preparation for the contests,” said Visiting Professor of Animal Science Carrie Edsall, who coaches the team. “It is exciting to see their hard work pay off at the national level, both as individuals and in their representation of SUNY Cobleskill.”

In dairy judging, the team evaluates cattle based on the ideal conformation of the purebred model that is established for each of the dairy breeds, including correctness of udder, frame/body structure, feet and legs, mobility, and evidence of high milk production. Dairy judging competitions involve selecting the correct placement of four animals in a timed class followed by a verbal defense of the placement.

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Members of the dairy judging team learn strong evaluation and decision-making skills as well as public speaking. The students have the opportunity to visit premier dairy operations locally and around the country as they travel to competitions. This allows students to network with industry leaders while being exposed to some of the best dairy cattle in the country.

The 2016 SUNY Cobleskill Dairy Judging team consists of Animal Science-Dairy major Margaret Brownell, Agricultural Business major Taylor Currie, Animal Science-Dairy major Kate Patenaude, and Animal Science-Dairy major Megan Terrell.