Collegiate Dairy Judging Team Results for 2005

Mr. Bernie Heisner, Coach and Executive Director of COBA/Select Sires 

The Ohio State University Dairy Cattle Judging Team of Brian Baird, Kingsville, OH; Dan Sanders, Waynesfield, OH; Stacey Shipley, Newark, OH; and Zach Stammen, New Weston, OH; coached by Bernie Heisner earned many honors in regional and national contests this fall.

At the National Contest held at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI, the team was 5th high out of 23 teams. The OSU team was 1st in Holstein, 3rd in Jersey, and 3rd in Linear. Three OSU students received "All-American" recognition for placing in the top 25 in this national contest: Zach Stammen was 12th high, Brian Baird was 15th, and Dan Sanders was 22nd. The OSU students receiving top 10 honors in the individual breeds included: Dan Sanders - 5th Brown Swiss; Zach Stammen - 3rd Guernsey; Zach Stammen - 2nd Holstein, Brian Baird - 10th Holstein; Zach Stammen - 8th Milking Shorthorn; Brian Baird - 9th Red and White; Zach Stammen - 4th Linear; and Zach Stammen - 9th Reasons.

Earlier in the fall, this OSU team was 2nd Overall at the Eastern States Exposition contest held in West Springfield, MA. Stacey Shipley led the team at this contest, earning the 3rd high individual overall and she was 1st in Ayrshire. The OSU team was 1st in Ayrshire. Dan Sanders claimed the 5th high individual award, and Zach Stammen was 10th high. The team also competed at the All-American Dairy Show, Harrisburg, PA and placed 7th as a team and Dan Sanders was 10th high individual.

Many younger OSU students gained experience by competing in the Mid-South Fair Contest, Memphis, TN. The OSU graduate, Kelly Epperly, Anna, OH, served as assistant coach for the two OSU teams consisting of Whitney Beck, Wauseon, OH; Greg Hartschuh, Lykens, OH; Dan Lahmers, Malta, OH; Neil Moff, Columbiana, OH; Sheryn Schlairet, Mt. Vernon, OH; Cade Stockberger, Utica, OH; and Dan Ziegler, Belleville, WI.

Dan Ziegler was high individual in Holstein in the Mid-South contest. Cade Stockberger was 16th high individual overall, and Whitney Beck was 17th. The two teams ranked 7th and 12th at Mid-South contest.

The top four OSU individuals from Memphis - Cade Stockberger, Whitney Beck, Neil Moff, and Dan Ziegler earned the opportunity to compete in the North American International Livestock Exposition contest at Louisville, KY. The team finished 10th of 18 teams, and Cade Stockberger was 15th high individual and Neil Moff was 28th.

The Ohio State University is proud of the efforts and the accomplishments of the 6 teams involving 11 students which competed in 5 collegiate dairy cattle judging contests in the Fall of 2005.

The 2005 OSU University Dairy Cattle Judging team at World Dairy Expo
included: (from left to right) Bernie Heisner, Coach, Brian Baird, Stacey Shipley,
Dan Sanders and Zach Stammen.