Meeting the challenges of the dairy industry

Meeting the challenges of the dairy industry

Apr 21
Walt Hurley, Professor of Animal Sciences
  

Sitting in a classroom, soaking up great knowledge and wisdom from an instructor is something our students do a great deal. Applying that knowledge to real-life situations in order to address serious challenges and problems, and then sharing their findings with the experts, presents our students with unique learning opportunities, as well as testing their ability to think critically and make knowledgeable presentations. Recently several Animal Sciences students did just that when they participated in the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge contest in Syracuse, New York. They were competing against 31 other teams from around the country in the demanding two-day event. The team members were Alyssa Brodsky, Claire Nkhikhssi, Samantha Ropp, and Erik Sheppelman, with Courtney Schumacher as an alternate, and coached by Animal Sciences professor Dr. Phil Cardoso, and assisted by graduate student Katie Haerr. Neither Claire nor Alyssa had any previous dairy experience before starting in their animal sciences program. The event challenges the students to analyze and evaluate all facets of a modern working dairy farm and make a comprehensive presentation of their findings and recommendations to a panel of expert judges. No pressure there!

And, how did the team do?  They placed second!  CONGRATULATIONS to the team members and to their coaches.

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