Two Iowa State students finished 5th and 6th Overall at the National Dairy Judging Contest

On Sunday, October 1st, 2023, the Iowa State University Dairy Judging Team comprised of Torri Burch, Frewsburg, NY; Delana Erbsen, Lanark, IL; Madalyn Palmer, Waukon, IA; and Colton Silveira, Hilmar, CA; made their way to the coveted colored shavings to compete in the 102nd National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest held at World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI. 

Pictured from L-R:  Coach Christen Burgett, Coach Mary Fliehler, Delana Erbsen, Colton Silveira, Torri Burch, and Madalyn Palmer.

Strong cards were marked, reasons were delivered well, and consistency was achieved throughout most of the day. Team highlights include placing 3rd in Ayrshires, 7th in Holsteins, and 6th in Red and Whites. In the Holstein breed, Colton was 5th, and in Jerseys, Colton was High Individual, and his teammate Madi was 5th. These scores propelled the team to a 1st place finish in Jerseys. Delana was 2nd in Milking Shorthorns, while her teammate Colton was 4th, and the team finished 7th.  Delana was 3rd, and Colton was 9th in the Red and Whites. In the placings division, Delana was 5th, and Colton worked his way to the top as High Individual Overall in Placings. The Team finished 6th overall in reasons, with Colton in 14th place. For individual overall standings, ISU had two team members in the top 10, and any individuals who finish in the top 25 are considered All-Americans. The two individuals going 5th and 6th overall in the contest respectively were: Colton Silveira and Delana Erbsen. As a team, Iowa State placed 4th overall out of 19 teams. The Cyclones had a great day in the Coliseum, and the team is looking forward to competing again in Louisville at the North American International Livestock Exposition in November.