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Hard work and dedication pay off at World Dairy Expo

Credit: World Dairy Expo. From left Ethan Schoonover ’15, Magen Moore ’16, Kali Terrel ’15, and Coach Emily Yeiser.

Nov 04, 2014

Three Delaware Valley College dairy science majors who competed in the 2014 World Dairy Expo Judging Contest in Madison, Wisconsin placed in the top 10 individually in breed judging in the contest and one student came in number 21 overall nationally, placing as an All-American in dairy judging.

 Ethan Schoonover ’15, of Sellersville, Pennsylvania, earned third place in the individual competition for the Ayrshire breed, sixth place in the Jersey breed and tenth place in the Brown Swiss Breed. Magen Moore ’16, of Eatonton, Georgia, earned fifth place individual in the Holstein breed and was number 21 overall in the individual competition, which placed her as an All-American contestant for 2014. Kali Terrel ’15, of Troy, Pennsylvania, earned sixth place individual in the Milking Shorthorn breed.

Emily Yeiser from the Pennsylvania Center for Dairy Excellence and Delaware Valley College Assistant Professor of Dairy Science Dr. Caitlin Foley coached the team. The students practiced their judging skills at various dairy farms throughout the Northeast to prepare for the competition.

 “Each of these students will do big things in the future,” said Yeiser. “I feel honored to have been a small part of their journey!”

“Dairy judging requires a thorough understanding of dairy cattle biology coupled with communication skills, time management skills, leadership skills, and personal confidence,” said Dr. Foley. “The 2014 DelVal judging team exemplified these traits and should be extremely proud of their accomplishments.”

The students also competed in two other intercollegiate events this fall. At the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, Massachusetts, the team took fourth place overall in the Guernsey breed and Schoonover earned fourth place individual in both the Holstein and Brown Swiss breeds as well as sixth place overall individual.

At the All-American Invitational Dairy Judging Contest in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Moore tied for first place individual in the Holstein breed and received tenth place overall individual.