The Kaskaskia College Dairy Judging Team recently finished as National Champions at the International Postsecondary Dairy Judging Contest at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. Students on 15 different teams from across the US placed 12 classes of dairy cows in six different breeds and presented four 2-minute sets of oral reasons in competition.
The KC Team was made up of students Jessica Telgmann (Strasburg), Morgan Wendling (Altamont), Brett Woker (Greenville), and Dylan Reed (Vandalia).
The Kaskaskia College team placed as follows: 3rd Overall in the Practical Competition; 2nd in Registered Heifer Evaluation; Dylan Reed 3rd in Linear Evaluation; Ayrshires: 2nd High Team; Dylan Reed 8th; Jessica Telgmann 1st; Brown Swiss: 1st High Team; Jessica Telgmann 8th; Brett Woker 6th; Dylan Reed 3rd; Guernsey: 3rd High Team; Jessica Telgmann 2nd; Holstein: 1st High Team; Brett Woker 8th; Morgan Wendling 7th; Jessica Telgmann 1st; Jersey: 3rd High Team; Milking Shorthorn: 4th High Team; Dylan Reed 4th; Red & White Holstein: 3rd High Team; Jessica Telgmann 6th.
Overall Placings were Brett Woker 6th and Jessica Telgmann 1st; Reasons: 2nd High Team; Dylan Reed 7th; Jessica Telgmann 5th; High Teams Overall: 1st High Team; Dylan Reed 7th; Brett Woker 6th; Jessica Telgmann 1st (All 3 recognized as All-American Dairy Judges)
This is KC’s 2nd National Championship in 8 years. The National Champion team is invited to judge at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh, Scotland and the Charleville National Show in Cork, Ireland in June 2014.
According to Professor Heinzmann, “We want to thank the many producers and supporters that have helped us this year. Without the opportunity to have workouts and support from producers across Illinois, this would not be possible. In addition, thank you to these students who have worked so hard and dedicated many nights and weekends in preparation for this win.”