November 19, 2015

Contact: AnnMarie Cornejo

Cal Poly Dairy Cattle Judging Team Ranks High in National Contest

SAN LUIS OBISPO —The Cal Poly Dairy Judging Team won a major judging contest earlier this month in Louisville, Ky., finishing fourth overall among 17 teams competing.

Teams representing the top dairy college programs from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Idaho and Colorado and California competed in the North American International Livestock Exposition Dairy Judging Contest from Nov. 6-10.

Cal Poly was the highest-ranking team in judging Jersey breed dairy cattle. The team also placed second in Holstein and third in Guernsey and placed third overall in presenting reasons, in which students must explain in detail why they ranked the cows as they did.

Cal Poly’s dairy cattle judging team is coached by dairy science Professor Rich Silacci and assisted by Professor Stan Henderson.

“This is a great way for students to get national recognition and an excellent opportunity for students to travel and see dairy operations in different parts of the country,” Silacci said. “These students are already being recognized as professional dairy and animal evaluators.”

Team members included sophomores Matt Ruby from Visalia, Tony Lopes from Gustine, Amber LaSalle from Firebaugh, junior Annalicia Luis from Ripon, and senior Mark Weststeyn from Willows.

The 42nd annual North American International Livestock Exposition is the world’s largest all-breed, purebred livestock exposition, with 10 different species of livestock competing over the show’s 18-day run.

About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university. The university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences is comprised of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative professionals ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, including ranchland, orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology.

Photo caption — Left to right: Coach Rich Silacci, Matt Ruby, Annalicia Luis, Amber LaSalle, Mark Weststeyn and Tony Lopes

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