The Ohio State ATI Dairy Cattle Judging Team won the Lely International Post-Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the World Dairy Expo on Sept. 28 in Madison, Wisconsin. The contest is considered the national contest for two-year, certificate and other non-four-year colleges (post-secondary).
The team won by 64 points and was high in oral reasons. Tanner Topp was high individual, Kaleb Kliner was third high individual, Hannah Dye was fourth high individual, and John Paulin was 14th high individual. Don Hange is coach of the team.
Read the World Dairy Expo’s press release about the contest here.
Read about the team’s previous win, at the Pennsylvania All-American Dairy Show, in last month’s issue.
... and then wins yet again
And in late-breaking news, the team just earned another first-place finish, this one at the North American International Livestock Exposition on Nov. 8 in Louisville, Kentucky. The team was first by 67 points.
Specific team and individual placings were (points in parentheses):
- Ayrshire breed: Tanner Topp, first (146); Kaleb Kliner, second (140); Hannah Dye, third (139); John Paulin, 10th (130); the team was first.
- Brown Swiss breed: Hannah Dye, fifth (136); Kaleb Kliner, 10th (131); the team was fourth.
- Guernsey breed: Tanner Topp, first (148); Hannah Dye, second (148); the team was second.
- Holstein breed: Hannah Dye, first (144); Tanner Topp, fourth (138); Kaleb Kliner, fifth (138); the team was first.
- Jersey breed: Tanner Topp, first (148); Kaleb Kliner, third (146); Hannah Dye, sixth (143); the team was first.
- Oral reasons: Tanner Topp, first (233); Hannah Dye, third (229); Kaleb Kliner, fifth (216); the team was first by 30 points.
- Contest: Hannah Dye, first (710); Tanner Topp, second (709); Kaleb Kliner, fourth (682); the team was first by 67 points.
“As I look back on the 2015 judging year, I cannot remember any year where a team (at the two-year college level) participated in four judging contests and was first place in each contest and high in oral reasons,” said ATI’s Royce Thornton, coordinator of dairy programs and division chair of Agricultural and Engineering Technologies.
“The ATI Dairy Cattle Judging Team competed in the NACTA contest, the Pennsylvania All-American contest, World Dairy Expo and the North American International Livestock Exposition,” Thornton said. “Eight different students competed on the four winning teams.
“Please congratulate all of the dairy students and Coach Hange, who admirably filled in for me.”