Students Excel at URUS Dairy Consultant Experience
The URUS Dairy Consulting Experience brought together 18 undergraduate students from across the top agricultural schools to learn and network while competing for a $1,000 scholarship. In four rigorous days in early January, students learned about cattle reproduction, genetics and information management while growing their skills as future dairy consultants at the URUS headquarters in Madison, WI.
Students who were selected for the program include:
- Cal Poly: Ryan Haringa and Ashley Waymire
- Cornell University: Tom English, Kevin Jess, Josh Spicer, Emily Starceski and Destin Witmer
- Iowa State University: Nicole Gudenkauf, Mason Jauquet, Irene Nielsen, and Madalyn Palmer
- Texas A&M: Allison Hajny
- University of Guelph: Avalon Phillips
- University of Wisconsin – Madison: Nicole Broege, Clarissa Gross, and Kylie Nickels
- University of Wisconsin – River Falls: Grace Haase and Amanda Stone
Participants collaborated as teams to evaluate and analyze real-world dairies through a mix of classroom and on-farm learning from industry experts. Students delivered their findings directly to farm managers to receive feedback on their analysis and practical and innovative recommendations.
Kevin Jess from Cornell University a $1,000 scholarship and Avalon Philips from University of Guelph a $100 second place prize.
The URUS Dairy Consulting Experience is an annual event held the first week in January and draws the most elite dairy students. URUS is a family of businesses at the heart of the dairy and beef industry – including AgSource, Alta Genetics, GENEX, Jetstream, PEAK, SCCL, Trans Ova, and VAS.