Dairy Cattle Judging Team seeking sponsors

Submitted by Royce Thornton, thornton.5@osu.edu

The Ohio State ATI Dairy Cattle Judging Team is seeking individuals to help sponsor the 2018 team.  We have a terrific group of students excited about the coming year.  I’m requesting your help to cover the cost of entry fees, tolls, van rental, lodging, and other expenses so that they can participate in the contests.  It would mean a great deal to this year’s students!

Students who have committed to the 2018 team are Lauren Almasy (Hubbard, OH), Aaron Hand (Bucyrus, OH), Megan McCoy (Bloomville, OH), Kylie McLean (Salem, OH), Brennan Topp (New Bremen, OH), and Stephanie Wyatt (Hamilton, OH).

The judging team experience helps participating students develop thinking, reasoning, and critical analysis skills; evaluate cattle; expand understanding and awareness of the industry; and strengthen the commitment to the dairy industry.  Judging team members have a higher potential for future leadership in the dairy industry.  Many students have commented that the judging team experience was “the best thing I did at ATI”.  Incidentally, the Ohio State ATI dairy team has competed successfully for over 20 years: finishing in the top 6 teams each participating year at World Dairy Expo with multiple wins in both the traditional and practical contests at World Dairy Expo.

The team would like to participate in practices and contests at the Maryland State Fair, Eastern States Exposition, Pennsylvania All-American Dairy Show, World Dairy Expo, and the North American International Livestock Exposition.  Funds are limited, so we are turning to our friends for help.  The estimated 2018 cost is $10,000 or $1,650 per participating student. 

Please assist the 2018 Ohio State ATI Dairy Cattle Judging Team by donating to the team’s financial support by August 1, 2018.  Your gift will ease the financial burden on students and set them up for a great year of competition.

Thank you so much!  Go Bucks!