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Dairy Judging Team Places 1st in National Contest

The Ohio State Dairy Judging Team placed first at the National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the World Dairy Expo. The last time Ohio State won the contest was in 1986.

The Dairy Judging Team placed first among eighteen schools in the National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest on September 30. Coached by Bonnie Ayars, The Ohio State University team placed seventh for reasons with a score of 788. The team consists of fourth-place overall individual Billy Smith and ninth-place overall individual Lauren Almasy along with Sarah Lehner and Ian Lokai.

The team carried 10 pennies and a buckeye in their pockets in honor of former Dairy Judging Team Coach Dr. Pete Spike. Dr. Spike's dairy farm was named Ten Penny Holsteins.

(l to r) Billy Smith, Ian Lokai, Sarah Lehner, and Lauren Almasy

You can read more about the contest results here.