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DBweekly 119 STUDENTS FROM 14 COLLEGES PARTICIPATE IN 11 ANNUAL NORTHEAST DAIRY CHALLENGE TH William H. Miner Agricultural Institute hosted a successful Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge, drawing 119 students from 12 northeast colleges and two Canadian universities to Plattsburgh, NY, Oct. 31-Nov. 2. This event marked the 11 th annual Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge, an innovative, three-day educational competition designed to prepare students for careers in the dairy industry. Working in mixed-university teams of five students, contestants assessed all aspects of a working dairy farm, including facilities, nutrition, financials, reproduction, animal health and much more. Students collaborated on a 20-minute team presentation, detailing their observations and suggestions to a panel of judges and participating farm families. Teams were ranked based on how well their evaluations matched the judges’ assessment of the dairy operation. The objective of Dairy Challenge is to create a real-life situation that stresses the importance of teamwork and professionalism. “Not only does the Dairy Challenge teach technical knowledge, it excels in helping students develop people skills,” said industry chair Brett Denny of Vermont DHIA. New York farms evaluated at the 2013 competition included Rusty Creek Farm and Participants, sponsors and planning committee members of the 2013 Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge. 7 North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge ® www.dairychallenge.org Rovers Farm, Chazy, and Hidden View Farm, Champlain. All teams also participated in educational workshops at the Miner Institute and attended an industry career fair. Team- building and fun activities encouraged networking among students and dairy industry sponsors. First-place teams (named after top sponsors of the Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge) included: Shur-Gain USA, Inc.; Elanco Animal