Four Oregon State University students participated in the 9th annual Western Regional Dairy Challenge in Tulare, California on Feb. 27 – March 1. Andrea Smaciarz, Kristin Kaste, Rebecca Thomas and Mieke DeJong attended the event.
The Western Regional Dairy Challenge is an innovative, three-day educational competition designed to prepare students for dairy careers. Working in mixed-university teams of five or six students, participants assessed all aspects of a working dairy farm, including facilities, nutrition, financials, reproduction, and animal health. Students collaborated on a 20-minute team presentation that detailed their observations and suggestions to a panel of judges. Teams were ranked based on how well their evaluations matched the judges’ evaluations of the dairy operation. Thomas was on a Platinum ranked team. Smaciarz and Kaste were on a Gold level team.
The four students will travel to the North American Dairy Challenge, April 3 – 5, in Fort Wayne, IN to represent OSU in a similar contest format.