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2011 Illini Dairy Judging Team finishes successful run in national competition

Published November 29, 2011

The 2011 Illini Dairy Judging Team competed in three national contests this fall. The team traveled to the 43rd annual Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest hosted by the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, Penn., on Sept. 19. The National Collegiate Dairy Contest was held on Oct. 3 at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. The team's last stop was Louisville, Ky., for the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) on Nov. 6.

Team members include Michelle Fluty of Bloomington, Amy Schaufelberger of Greenville and Paul Schumacher of St. Rose.

At the All-American Dairy Show, the team placed 10th overall and 10th in reasons. In the Brown Swiss division, Schaufelberger was the high individual, and the team placed fourth. The team was seventh in the Holstein division with Schumacher and Schaufelberger placing 14th and 24th respectively. Fluty placed 10th in the Jersey division, and the team was 10th.

The team placed ninth overall and eighth in reasons out of 21 teams at the National Collegiate Dairy Contest. Fluty received top honors by being named an All American and placed 21st overall. In the reasons division, Schaufelberger and Fluty placed 11th and 19th respectively. The team was second in the Ayrshire division with Fluty placing sixth, Schaufelberger placing 13th and Schumacher placing 17th. The team placed seventh in the Guernsey division, 10th in the Milking Shorthorn division and 11th in the Holstein division. Schaufelberger was the high individual in the Jersey division with the team placing eighth.

Rounding out the season of competition, the team placed 10th overall and sixth in reasons at the NAILE. Schaufelberger was 16th overall and third in reasons. Fluty placed ninth in Ayrshires. Schaufelberger won the Brown Swiss division, Schumacher was 12th and the team was second. The team placed fifth in Holsteins, and Schaufelberger was eighth.

The team was coached by Gene McCoy, David Miller and Chad Rushing.

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