Fourteen teams representing many of the top college dairy programs in the nation competed, with Cal Poly placing as the High Team Overall. Cal Poly also placed first in reasons, first in the Jersey breed, second in Brown Swiss and third in Holsteins.
Individual team members also placed highly, including sophomore Brandon Almeida of Hilmar, California, who received the High Individual Overall. Almeida placed first in Jerseys and was fifth in oral reasons. Senior Caitlin Lopes of Los Banos placed third in oral reasons, and teammate Hannah Neer of San Luis Obispo placed fourth.
The top three overall winning teams were Cal Poly, Iowa State and Ohio State.
Working on four-person teams, the students judged 10 classes of dairy cattle. Each contestant then gave an oral presentation (called reasons) defending their placings for four of those classes.
Cal Poly’s dairy cattle judging teams are coached by dairy science Lecturer Rich Silacci and assisted by Professor Stan Henderson.
Anna Christine Slaughter of Nipomo was named to The University of Alabama’s President’s List for fall 2017. A total of 12,594 students enrolled during the 2017 fall semester at UA were named to the Dean’s List with an academic record of 3.5 or above or the President’s List with an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s). The UA Dean’s and President’s lists recognize full-time undergraduate students.