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Dairy Challenge: Tomorrow's Dairy Leaders

19 March 2010

US - The North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge will be held in Visalia, California 8 - 10 April 2010.

The Challenge consists of a two-day competition which allows four-person student teams to evaluate a well-managed dairy farm business and then recommend management enhancements to a panel of judges comprised of industry and academic professionals.

This year, 30 teams from the United States and Canada have stepped up to the challenge of applying their textbook knowledge to the ultimate test: analyzing dairy businesses. The contest format starts with a walk-through at the dairies, followed by interviews with the owners and then concentrated analysis of farm-specific data. Student teams use this information to develop management recommendations, and then present these to an expert panel of dairy industry judges.

Dairy Challenge strives to incorporate a higher-learning atmosphere with practical application to help prepare students for careers in the dairy industry. More than 1,000 students have enhanced their dairy management, communication and business skills through Dairy Challenge, in turn generating highly qualified graduates to lead and further improve the dairy industry.

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