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ISU Dairy Judging Team: Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 Recap

The ISU Dairy Judging Team had a busy fall semester competing in three contests and then prior to the spring semester they competed down in the Lone Star State. The team this fall was coached by former ISU dairy judging team member (2018), Mary (Scott) Fliehler who works for Select Sires MidAmerica as a Marketing & Communications Specialist while Ms. Christen Burgett was out on maternity leave. Team members included: Amber Engelken, Earlville, IA; Mason Jauquet1, Pulaski, WI; Faith (Palmer) Scott, Waukon, IA; and Carly Strauss2, Lake Mills, WI. To start off their successful season in September 2022, the team competed at the 28th Annual Vernon County Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Viroqua, WI. Teams from across the Midwest competed and Iowa State displayed a strong showing with the following results: 

28th Annual Vernon County Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest
Division Team Placing Individual Placing
Brown Swiss 4th Team Faith-2nd, Carly-12th
Guernsey 3rd Team Amber-4th, Faith-10th
Holstein 6th Team Amber-8th
Jersey 2nd Team Faith-6th, Carly-14th
Milking Shorthorn 3rd Team Faith-8th, Amber-9th, Carly-14th
Reasons 5th Team Amber-12th, Faith-13th
Overall 4th Team Faith-6th, Amber-10th

1Mason did not compete at this contest


Next, the team traveled to Madison, WI for World Dairy Expo in order to compete on the coveted colored shavings.  Highlights from this contest are below:

2022 National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest
Division Team Placing Individual Placing
Ayrshire 9th Team Carly-15th
Brown Swiss 2nd Team Mason-12th
Guernsey 10th Team  
Holstein 11th Team Mason-3rd
Jersey 3rd Team Carly-7th
Milking Shorthorn 8th Team Mason-10th
Red and White 9th Team Faith-15th, Amber-16th
Reasons 9th Team Mason-11th
Placings   Mason-11th
Overall 9th Team Mason-9th, All American


To round out the fall judging season, in November, the dairy judging team competed at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY.  Contest results are as follows:

2022 NAILE Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest
Division Team Placing Individual Placing
Ayrshire 8th Team Amber-9th
Brown Swiss 2nd Team Mason-2nd, Faith-6th, Amber-14th
Guernsey 6th Team  Mason-3rd, Carly-15th
Holstein 2nd Team Mason-6th, Faith-10th, Amber-14th
Jersey 3rd Team Faith-7th, Amber-10th
Reasons 3rd Team Mason-6th, Faith-13th
Overall 3rd Team Mason-10th, Amber-11th, Faith-16th


And lastly, the judging team finished off their judging careers in January at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.  Contest results can be noted below:

2023 Southwest Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest - Fort Worth, TX - January 2023
Division Team Placing Individual Placing
Brown Swiss 6th Team Amber-9th, Mason-25th, Faith-26th
Holstein 5th Team Mason-3rd, Amber-18th, Faith-20th
Jersey 2nd Team Mason-2nd, Amber-7th, Faith-15th
Reasons 5th Team Mason-5th, Amber-8th, Faith-26th
Overall 5th Team Mason-8th, Amber-11th, Faith-23rd

2Carly did not compete at this contest


We are extremely proud of the ISU Dairy Judging Team’s accomplishments throughout the judging season! Additionally, we would like to thank all of the farms who welcomed us with open arms and put together numerous high-quality dairy cattle classes for practices throughout the year. Their hospitality and support of ISU dairy judging is greatly appreciated! Finally, thank you to Mary Fliehler for stepping in and helping coach and travel with the ISU Dairy Judging Team. Your time and talents as a coach were exceptional – thank you!

Iowa State Dairy Judging Team at the World Dairy Expo
L-R: Amber Engelken, Carly Strauss, Mason Jauquet, Faith (Palmer) Scott, and Coach Mary (Scott) Fliehler.