rize that information, develop a presentation
with recommendations and then present that
information to a panel of judges and the
host family, says Jen Gisler, 2012 Western
Regional Dairy Challenge Chair.
Participating universities at this year’s
competition included: the University of Al-
berta (Canada), California Polytechnic State
University-San Luis Obispo, California State
University Fresno, Utah State, Washington
State University, Texas A&M University and
the University of Idaho.
The host farm for this year’s Western
Regional Dairy Challenge was Double Oak
Dairy a 1,400-cow operation in Visalia,
Calif. Double Oak Dairy is owned Vivian
VanderPoel and managed by her son, Brad
VanderPoel. Judges for this year’s competition were:
Dr. Gene Boomer, Arm & Hammer; Dr.
Michael DeGroot with DeGroot Dairy Con-
sulting; Bill Genasci, All West/Select Sires;
Jonathan Kennedy, Farm Credit West; Chad
Wright, DVM with Animal Health Interna-
tional; and Bill Berczynski, Western Milling.
Judges at this year’s competition agree
that the dairy challenge is one of the best
development tools for dairy science students
to see and evaluate dairies and then be judged
by recognized experts in the industry.
Students from the regional contest will
go on to compete at the national contest
which will be held March 29-31st, 2012 in
Roanoke, VA. This will be the 11th anniver-
sary of the North American Intercollegiate
Dairy Challenge and it will be hosted by
North Carolina State University and Virginia
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