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Del Val students compete at Diary Challenge


Five Delaware Valley University students competed in the 2018 Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge in Fairlee, Vt., Nov. 8 to 10.

The 16th annual Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge brought together 119 students from 14 colleges and universities.

Dairy Challenge is a three-day educational competition designed to prepare students for careers in the dairy industry. Working in mixed-university teams of four or five students, contestants assessed all aspects of a working dairy farm, including facilities, nutrition, financials, reproduction, animal health and much more. Students collaborated on a 20-minute team presentation that detailed their observations and suggestions to a panel of judges and participating farm families. Teams were ranked based on how well their evaluations matched judges’ assessments of the dairy operation.

DelVal’s team included: Sam Landers, Class of 2020, Amanda Wengryn, Class of 2019, Brent Weiss, Class of 2019, Caitlyn Degner, Class of 2019, and Mary (Brooke) Payne, Class of 2019. The team is coached by Dr. Bruce Richards and Aaron Stepnoski. Students were placed on intercollegiate teams and ranked based on the evaluations they did for one of three farms.

Students participated in team-building and social activities throughout the weekend where they had the opportunity to network with other students and dairy industry sponsors.

The 2019 national competition and Dairy Challenge Academy will be held from March 28 to 30 in Tifton, Ga.

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