The University of Minnesota placed 1st overall by a 33-point margin over the 2nd place team from Oregon State University in the intercollegiate dairy cattle judging contest hosted by Accelerated Genetics on September 15 in Viroqua, WI. Fourteen teams competed for honors. The University of Minnesota team also placed 1st in oral reasons by a 19-point margin, 1st in Brown Swiss, 1st in Holstein, 1st in Milking Shorthorn, and 2nd in Jersey. Team members were Kelsey Mussman, Janna Sorg, Erin Daninger, and Michael Schmitt.
Individually, Mussman was 1st overall, 1st in oral reasons, 1st in Jersey, 2nd in Holstein, and 4th in Brown Swiss. Sorg was 7th overall, 3rd in Holstein, and 5th in Jersey. Daninger was 7th overall, 2nd in oral reasons, and 2nd in Milking Shorthorn. Schmitt was 10th in oral reasons and 1st in Milking Shorthorn.
The top 10 teams: 1. University of Minnesota (Gold team) – 2098 pts., 2. Oregon State University – 2065 pts., 3. UW-Madison (Cardinal team) – 2032 pts., 4. University of Minnesota (Maroon team) – 2021 pts., 5. Iowa State University – 2016 pts., 6. UW-River Falls, 7. UW-Platteville, 8. University of Illinois, 9. North Dakota State University, 10. UW-Madison (White team).