We are proud of our rich tradition in dairy cattle judging. Since Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging started, Badger judges have won 10 team national championships.
UW-Madison Dairy Judging National Champions
The UW-Madison Dairy Cattle Judging Team is coached by Chad Wethal and Brian Kelroy, now in their fourth year leading the program. The team normally consists of 15 – 20 students and each member is guaranteed a contest to compete in. In fact, most of our judges will participate in three or four contests over their collegiate judging career. Students earn academic credit for their involvement and are eligible to compete starting in their sophomore year in accordance with American Dairy Science Association guidelines.
The dairy judging team competes in the fall and we have sent teams to six different contests in the last two years. These competitions are hosted by Accelerated Genetics (WI), The All-American Dairy Show (PA), Eastern States Exposition (MA), The North American International Livestock Exposition (KY), The Fort Worth Stock Show (TX) and World Dairy Expo (WI).
Our team members come to us with varying backgrounds and experience in dairy cattle judging. Typically, freshman students interested in the team will take Dairy Science 205: Dairy Cattle Selection. This course covers linear type appraisal, score card appraisal, mating programs, breed comparisons, and national genetic improvement programs to give prospective team members a foundation for future judging success.
There are many benefits to be gained by getting involved in this activity. To start with, team members get to visit many of the best farms in southern and central Wisconsin. Another advantage is being a part of the fun and camaraderie of our team. And possibly most important, it’s the life skills that this activity develops. According to employers who recruit at the UW, students who take part in this activity become better decision-makers, better problem solvers and better communicators than students who do not participate in dairy cattle judging.
2013 Judging Highlights
Team Cardinal – 2nd in reasons and 3rd team overall
Team members: Carrie Warmka, Bethany Dado, Lindsey Hellenbrand, Rachel Hartlaub
Team White – 3rd in Holsteins
Team members: Erica Ballmer, Alex Travis, Olivia Peter, Anuj Modi
High team overall
3rd in reasons
Mackenzie Cash – High individual, high in reasons
Laura Finley – 6th high individual
11th high team overall
11th high team, reasons
Kaitlin Gelsinger – 10th high individual and All-American
2nd high team overall (by 1 point to MI State)
2nd high team reasons
1st team Jerseys
2nd team Guernseys
4th team Brown Swiss
Mariah Fjarlie: High individual overall, 2nd high individual reasons, 1st Jerseys, 5th Brown Swiss, 8th Guernseys
Carrie Warmka: 12th high individual overall, 9th Guernseys
Cassie Endres: 16th high individual overall, 7th Jerseys
Mackenzie Cash: 3rd high individual reasons