Ohio State Dairy Judging Team Competes in Texas

Ms. Bonnie Ayars, Dairy Program Specialist, Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University

For 10 consecutive years, the college Dairy Judging Team has flown to Fort Worth, Texas for the Annual judging contest.  We have high hopes of escaping the winter weather for a more desirable temperature.  On the trip there, we barely escaped a winter storm in Columbus and even departed when Fort Worth was bracing for an ice storm.  Despite the weather, our trip was quite productive and resulted in a favorable outcome.

The OSU team of Tanner Topp, Kate Sherman, and Levi Plocher made the trip south from January 12th-15th. The contest included 13 teams from as far as California and Michigan.  At the results banquet, we were 3rd overall and 3rd in reasons, and 2nd in Jersey. Tanner was 2nd high in reasons, 4th high individual, and 2nd in Jersey and Swiss.  Kate was 9th high individual and 4th in the Jersey breed. The trip was also filled with farm visits and locations of cultural interest.

 Pictured (left to right): Tanner Topp, Kate Sherman, and Levi Plocher.