Nov. 14, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: AnnMarie Cornejo
805-756-2427; ancornej@calpoly.edu

Cal Poly Dairy Cattle Judging Team Ranks Second in National Contest

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Dairy Judging Team took second place in the North American International Livestock Exposition Dairy Judging Contest in Louisville, Ky.

Seventeen teams representing the top dairy college programs from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Idaho, Indiana and California competed in the 43rd annual North American International Livestock Exposition Dairy Judging Contest, being held Nov. 1-17.

Cal Poly was the highest-ranking team in judging Holstein breed dairy cattle and in “reasons,” in which students must explain in detail why they ranked the cows as they did. The team placed fourth in all other breed categories, and all four team members placed in the top 12 high individual rankings overall.

Team members included sophomores Elise Regusci and Elisabeth Regusci, both from Modesto, and juniors Caitlin Lopes from Los Banos, and Alex Gambonini from Petaluma.

Cal Poly’s Dairy Cattle Judging Team is coached by dairy science Professor Rich Silacci.

The 43nd 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 17-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 ranch land, 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.