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Picture (from left to right): Coach Christen Burgett, Jennifer Huhe, Mariah, Schmitt, Cassidy Buddenberg, Karla Hageman, and Joel Groskeutz, President and CEO of Accelerated Genetics.
The ISU Dairy Judging Team competed in three contests this past year in which they started off the year at the Southwest Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest held in Fort Worth, TX in which 15 teams competed. The four senior team members competing were: Cassidy Buddenberg of Decorah, IA; Karla Hageman of Decorah, IA; Jennifer Huhe of Cresco, IA and Mariah Schmitt of Fort Atkinson, IA. In the Brown Swiss division Karla placed 3rd and as a team they placed 4th. In Holsteins, Mariah placed 8th and as a team they were 3rd. The team finished 9th in Jerseys and in Reasons they were 6th. Lastly, Mariah finished the contest overall in 9th place and the team was 4th Overall! This fall, the team competed in the 23rd Annual Accelerated Genetics Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Viroqua, WI. In Guernseys, Iowa State placed 5th, in Holsteins Karla was 5th followed by Casssidy who was 4th, thus placing the team in 2nd. In Jerseys, Iowa State finished 2nd and in Milking Shorthorns, Karla was 1st and Iowa State won the team division. In Reasons, Karla placed 9th and Cassidy finished 4th and as a team, Iowa State placed 2nd. Lastly, Mariah was 11th high individual overall, followed by Cassidy in 3rd and Karla Hageman won the contest; therefore, Iowa State finished the day as the High Team Overall of the contest! Lastly, to finish out the season, the team competed at World Dairy Expo. The team was 7th in Ayrshires, 11th in Brown Swiss, 2nd in Guernseys, 3rd in Holsteins, 3rd in Jerseys, 5th in Milking Shorthorns, 3rd in Red and Whites, 6th in Reasons, and 4th High Team Overall. Individually, Karla was 8th in Guernseys, 10th in Holsteins, 4th in Placings and Mariah was 2nd in Jerseys, 8th in Milking Shorthorns, and 8th in Placings. Overall, Iowa State had 3 All-Americans with Jennifer finishing the day in 24th place, Mariah was 8th, and Karla was 5th overall.