The University of Wisconsin-Madison dairy judging team won the Fort Worth Stock Show Dairy Judging Contest in Fort Worth, Texas, on Jan. 20. Members of the team are Hayden Hauschildt, Jacob Brey, Ryan O'Leary and Abbey Wethal. The team was coached by Brian Kelroy and Chad Wethal.
In addition to winning first overall, the team also was first in oral reasons, first in Holsteins, first in Jerseys and first in Brown Swiss. Individually, Hauschildt was first overall, Brey was second overall and O'Leary was eighth overall. Hauschildt was also first in oral reasons, Jerseys, Holsteins and Brown Swiss. Brey was second in oral reasons, third in Jerseys and fourth in Holsteins, while O'Leary was second in Holsteins and 10th in oral reasons. Wethal was second in Brown Swiss, third in oral reasons and fourth in Jerseys. Mitch Kappelman, who judged individually, placed sixth overall.
UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course Team placed third overall. Team members were Nicholas Schuster, Austen Schmidt, Bret Long and Luke Luchterhand. Individually, Schuster was third overall, fourth in Brown Swiss, fifth in Holsteins and sixth in reasons, while Schmidt was ninth overall, third in Holsteins, third in Brown Swiss and fourth in reasons. The Short Course team was also coached by Brian Kelroy and Chad Wethal.
A total of 11 collegiate teams from across the country judged in the contest held at the Fort Worth Stock Show. Contestants judged 10 classes of cows and heifers and gave oral reasons on four classes. The top five teams overall were: UW-Madison, Kaskaskia College, UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course, Oklahoma State University and University of Illinois.