DelVal wins Gold Award in North American Dairy Challenge

Apr 22, 2010

Students from Delaware Valley College won a Gold Award and placed ninth at the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge held April 9-10, 2010, in Visalia, Calif.

Hosted by California Polytechnic State University and California State University, Fresno, 28 teams from the United States and two teams from Canada competed. This is the fifth year in a row that Delaware Valley College has received a Gold Award in this competition.

The team from Delaware Valley College consisted of: Garrett Schorran, Kevin Folk, Joshua Detwiler and Matthew Puskas. Todd Webb coached the team.

The dairy challenge, known as NAIDC, is an innovative two-day competition for students representing dairy science programs at North American universities. It enables students to apply theory and learning to a real-world dairy, while working as part of a four-person team.

Day One of NAIDC began with each team receiving information about a working dairy, including production and farm management data. After an in-person inspection of one of four designated dairies, participants interviewed the herd managers. Then, each team developed a farm analysis and presentation, including recommendations for nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health, housing and financial management.

Day Two was presentation day. Team members presented recommendations to a panel of judges and then fielded questions from the judges. Presentations were evaluated, based on the analysis and recommendations. The evening concluded with a reception and awards banquet.

The North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge was established as a management contest to incorporate all phases of a specific dairy business. It strives to incorporate a higher-learning atmosphere with practical application to help prepare students for careers in the dairy industry. Supported financially through generous donations by agribusinesses and coordinated by a volunteer board of directors, the first NAIDC was held in April 2002.