Dairy Judging Team
In dairy cattle judging, students rank groups of four animals in a class and, for some classes, provide a short verbal explanation of that ranking. There are usually 10-12 classes in a contest. The University of Illinois Dairy Cattle Judging Team competes in five or six contests in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Kentucky during the fall semester. Team members are generally juniors or seniors. Anyone practicing with the team as a junior or senior will have the opportunity to compete in at least one or two contests.
For those that have little or no Dairy Judging Experience and want to learn more, please consider taking ANSC 215 Section C. ANSC 215 introduces students to the basics of dairy cattle evaluation and dairy judging. Throughout the course, students will learn how to evaluate the phenotypic traits of dairy cattle for longevity in dairy herds.
If you would like to support the Dairy Judging Team, you may make your gift by visiting the giving section of our website. Please be sure to select “Dairy Judging Coach & Dairy Science Programs Coordinator Endowed Fund” from the dropdown box, to be sure your donation is going to the correct group. As you consider your gift, we also remind you that many of you work for companies that provide matching gift programs, and we encourage you to take advantage of potential matching programs to increase the impact of your gift. If your life situation permits it, please consider making a planned gift. Another option is a short-term, multi-year pledge that can be paid annually, quarterly, or monthly.
Raising funds in this uncertain economy won’t be easy. But we are confident that together we can do it. We owe our support to the future generations of dairy judging team, dairy challenge team, and Illini Dairy Club members. For more specific information on gift options feel free to contact Derek Nolan or Phil Cardoso, or contact Allison Winters in the College of ACES Office of Advancement at 217-333-9355.
Advised by: Dr. Derek Nolan