Please congratulate the Ohio State ATI Dairy Cattle Judging Team for their performance in the Traditional and Practical dairy cattle judging contest at World Dairy Expo – September 30 and October 1 – in Madison, Wisconsin. Six students participated in the two contests: Lauren Almasy, Aaron Hand, Megan McCoy, Kylie McLean, Brennan Topp, and Stephanie Wyatt. Mr. Don Hange and Mr. Royce Thornton coached the team.
Ohio State ATI entered 2 teams in the Practical Contest consisting of linear evaluation, commercial heifer class, registered heifer class, and sire selection/mating. Ohio State ATI Team 1 (Aaron Hand, Kylie McLean, and Stephanie Wyatt) placed third in the contest and Ohio State Team 2 (Lauren Almasy, Megan McCoy, and Brennan Topp place eight in the contest. Fourteen teams were entered in the contest. Team 1 placed second in the sire selection class and third in the registered heifer class. Team 2 was second in the registered heifer class. Kylie McLean was third in linear evaluation.
In the Traditional Contest, the team placed sixth out of 14 teams with 56 contestants; sixth in oral reasons, sixth in class placings, 5th in the Red/White breed, 4th in the Milking Shorthorn breed, 4th in the Jersey breed, 5th in the Holstein breed, and 4th in Brown Swiss breed. Individually, Brennan Topp was 10th overall, 6th in Red/White, 9th in placings, 9th in Milking Shorthorn, 14th in Jerseys, 15th in Holsteins, and 16th in oral reasons; Aaron Hand was 11 overall, 1st in Jerseys and Brown Swiss, 8th in placings, and 17th in Guernseys; Megan McCoy was 14 overall, 4th in Guernseys, 6th in placings, 15th in Ayrshires, and 16th in Jerseys; Kylie McLean was 16th overall, 6th in Holsteins, 8th in Guernseys, 16th in Milking Shorthorn, and 17th in placings; Lauren Almasy was 18th overall, 3rd in Jerseys, 9th in Brown Swiss, and 15th in oral reasons and Red/White; and Stephanie Wyatt was 26th overall and 17th in Holsteins.