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The dairy cattle judging team is back

From left to right are Emily Yeiser, coach; Greyson Smith, Ethan Schoonover, Clint Lutz, Regina Grover and Charlotte Muenzenberger, Brown Swiss Association representative.

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -- The Delaware Valley College Dairy Judging Team enjoyed a successful fall, re-entering intercollegiate competition after several years' absence.

Selected to the team in August, Regina Grover, Clint Lutz, Ethan Schoonover and Greyson Smith practiced at farms throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland before traveling to Massachusetts in September to compete at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield. For all but one team member, the Big E was a first ever judging competition. The rookies represented Delaware Valley very well, placing 7th overall, and Regina won honors as high individual in the Brown Swiss breed.

Additional practices in September and October, hosted generously by farms throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, prepared the team for the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. Coach Emily Yeiser said that advice from other coaches and host farmers was instrumental in the team's growing confidence leading up to Louisville.

When the second weekend in November arrived, the team was ready to compete on the big stage in Kentucky. Dedicated and focused, the team judged 10 classes of cows and gave five sets of reasons. The long day was tiring, but the team members were excited about their performance.

Their excitement proved well founded when the results were announced and Delaware Valley College was the winner of the Brown Swiss breed. Grover and Schoonover placed in the top 10 of two breeds, and Schoonover was also recognized as 20th high individual out of more than 100 contestants.

The team is excited about plans to compete next year at the All American and World Dairy Expo contests. Coach Yeiser and the team extend their thanks to all the farms and outside coaches for their help in making the season so memorable.