January 25, 2016

Contact: AnnMarie Cornejo

Cal Poly Dairy Cattle Judging Teams Excel in National Contests

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s two dairy cattle judging teams placed in the top five at the annual Southwestern Livestock Exposition Collegiate Dairy Judging Contest in Fort Worth, Texas.

Fifteen teams representing the top college dairy programs in the nation competed, The top five overall winning teams were Wisconsin Madison, first; Cal Poly Gold, second; Purdue University, third; Iowa State, fourth; and Cal Poly Green, fifth. 

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

“I was pleased to have both of our teams in the top five; the Gold Team was only a few points shy of winning the whole thing,” said Silacci.

Teams from California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin competed Jan. 17.

The Cal Poly Gold Team included Matt Ruby from Visalia, Tony Lopes from Gustine, Annalicia Luis from Ripon, and Amber LaSalle from Firebaugh.

The Cal Poly Green Team included Alex Gambonini from Petaluma, Elise Regusci from Modesto, Elisabeth Regusci also from Modesto, and Mark Weststeyn from Willows.

The two Cal Poly teams also placed in individual events. The Cal Poly Gold Team placed first in Holseteins and second in presenting reasons. The Cal Poly Green Team placed third in Jerseys.

Individually, sophomore Lopes placed first in Holsteins, second in presenting reasons and eighth overall. Sophomore Ruby placed sixth in presenting reasons and freshman Regusci placed 10th high individual.

The Southwestern Livestock Exposition and Livestock Show is one of the oldest continuous running livestock shows in the country. The 24-day run of the show draws more than 1 million visitors annually, including guests from more than 90 countries.

Education is a key focus of the stock show events. Advancing education by providing learning opportunities and encouraging youth to pursue careers in livestock and agribusiness through programs and incentives are included in the event’s main objectives.

In November 2015, the Cal Poly Dairy Judging Team placed fourth overall in the North American International Livestock Exposition Dairy Judging Contest in Louisville, Ky.

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. It is the fifth largest college of agriculture in the country with 4,000 undergraduate students.

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