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2018

National Contest

Dairy Products Judging 2018 National

Left to right: Assistant Coach Bennet Baker, Anna Hemenway, Gregory Reeter, Megan Struss, Ahmed Hammam, and Coach Lloyd Metzger.

South Dakota State University’s Dairy Products Judging Team placed first in All Products at the 2018 Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, held April 18th at the International Cheese Technology Expo in Milwaukee, WI.  In dairy products judging, students evaluate the appearance, texture, and flavor of six dairy products (milk, butter, Cheddar cheese, ice cream, yogurt, and cottage cheese).  This training is important for students in dairy science because it allows them to determine if products have quality defects.  Members of the judging team often obtain a position in quality control or manufacturing and they use their product judging skill to identify issues and improve the quality of dairy products.

SDSU has a long history at the contest and has won the national championship 24 times in the 96-year history of the contest. The team placed first in butter, ice cream and yogurt, second in milk and fourth in cottage cheese and Cheddar cheese.  A total of 49 undergraduate and graduate contestants from 15 universities in the U.S. participated in the contest.

SDSU team members were Megan Struss, New Ulm, MN; Greg Reeter, Volga, SD; Anna Hemenway, Huron, SD and Ahmed Hammam, Assiut, Egypt.  The team is coached by Lloyd Metzger, SDSU Professor of Dairy Science and Alfred Chair in Dairy Education, and Bennet Baker, SDSU student.  

Megan placed first overall, third in yogurt, fifth in ice cream, and seventh in Cheddar cheese and yogurt.  As the top overall judge, Megan received the Robert Rosenbaum Award. Greg placed third overall, first in butter and second in yogurt.  Anna was eighth overall, second in butter and third yogurt.  In the graduate student contest, Ahmed placed sixth overall and was first in ice cream.

The contest was hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and more than 35 dairy associations, companies and suppliers.

RegionalContest

South Dakota State University’s Dairy Products Judging Team placed first in All Products at the 2018 Midwest Regional Collegiate Dairy Products Judging Contest, held April 7th at Continental Dairy Facilities in Coopersville, MI.  The team also placed first in Cheddar cheese, butter, and ice cream.  A total of 34 undergraduate and graduate contestants from 9 universities participated in the contest.

SDSU team members were Anna Hemenway, Huron, SD; Greg Reeter, Volga, SD; Megan Struss, New Ulm, MN; and Ahmed Hammam, Assiut, Egypt.  The team is coached by Lloyd Metzger, SDSU Professor of Dairy Science and Alfred Chair in Dairy Education, and Bennet Baker, SDSU student.  

Anna placed second overall and first in butter, fourth in Cheddar cheese and fifth in ice cream.  Megan placed fourth overall, first in cottage cheese and second in Cheddar cheese.  Gregory was fifth overall and placed first in Cheddar cheese, second in ice cream and third in butter.  In the graduate student contest, Ahmed placed third overall and was first in Cheddar cheese.

The contest was hosted by Continental Dairy Facilities and sponsored by more than 20 dairy companies and suppliers.

2017

National Contest

Dairy Products Judging 2017 National

Left to right: Coach Lloyd Metzger, Krista Johnson, Steve Beckman, Bennet Baker, Ketelyn Johnson, and Assistant Coach Natasha Laska.

South Dakota State University’s Dairy Products Judging Team placed third in All Products at the 2017 Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, held April 12th at the Wisconsin Cheese Industry Conference in Madison, WI.  In dairy products judging, students evaluate the appearance, texture, and flavor of six dairy products (milk, butter, Cheddar cheese, ice cream, yogurt, and cottage cheese).  This training is important for students in dairy science because it allows them to determine if products have quality defects.  Members of the judging team often obtain a position in quality control or manufacturing and they use their product judging skill to identify issues and improve the quality of dairy products.

SDSU has a long history at the contest and has won the national championship 23 times in the 95 year history of the contest. The team placed first in Cheddar cheese, second in butter and yogurt, third in milk, fifth in ice cream and seventh in cottage cheese.  A total of 55 undergraduate and graduate contestants from 14 universities in the U.S. and Canada participated in the contest.

SDSU team members were Bennet Baker, St. Peter, MN; Katelyn Johnson, Sleepy Eye, MN; Krista Johnson, Russell, MN; and Steve Beckman, Lincoln, NE.  The team is coached by Lloyd Metzger, SDSU Professor of Dairy Science and Alfred Chair in Dairy Education, and Natasha Laska, SDSU graduate student. 

Krista placed third overall and first in yogurt, and fourth in butter, milk and Cheddar cheese.  Bennet placed eighth overall and seventh in yogurt and Cheddar cheese.  Katelyn was tenth overall and placed first in Cheddar cheese.  In the graduate student contest, Steve placed fifth overall and was first in cottage cheese and third in yogurt.

The contest was hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and more than 35 dairy associations, companies and suppliers.

2016

Regional Contest

Dairy Products Judging 2016 Regional

Left to right:  Katelyn Johnson, Bennet Baker, Steve Beckman, and Krista Johnson, not in picture, Coach Lloyd Metzger and Assistant Coach Natasha Laska.

South Dakota State University’s Dairy Products Judging Team placed first in All Products at the 2016 Midwest Regional Collegiate Dairy Products Judging Contest, held October 22nd at Kraft Heinz Technology Center in Glenview, IL.  The team also placed first in yogurt, Cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, butter, and ice cream.  A total of 37 undergraduate and graduate contestants from 9 universities participated in the contest. 

SDSU team members were Bennet Baker, St. Peter, MN; Katelyn Johnson, Sleepy Eye, MN; Krista Johnson, Russell, MN; and Steve Beckman, Lincoln, NE.  The team is coached by Lloyd Metzger, SDSU Professor of Dairy Science and Alfred Chair in Dairy Education, and Natasha Laska, SDSU graduate student.  

Krista placed first overall and first in butter, second in yogurt, ice cream and cottage cheese, and fifth in milk and Cheddar cheese.  As top judge at the regional contest, Krista received the Carl Ziesemer Award.  Bennet placed second overall, first in cottage cheese and yogurt, second in Cheddar cheese, and third in butter and ice cream.  Katelyn was ninth overall and placed sixth in cottage cheese.  In the graduate student contest, Steve placed seventh overall and was first in ice cream and fourth in Cheddar cheese. The contest was hosted by Kraft Heinz Company, and sponsored by 24 dairy companies and suppliers.

2015

National Contest

Dairy Products Judging National 2015

Left to right – Coach Lloyd Metzger, Nicole Jax, Dikshi Bawa, Kaylee Wegner, Michaela Vander Wal, Assistant Coach Lee Alexander and Assistant Coach Natasha Laska.

South Dakota State University’s Dairy Products Judging Team placed first in All Products at the 2015 Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, held Sept. 15th at the International Dairy Show in Chicago, IL.  In dairy products judging, students evaluate the appearance, texture, and flavor of six dairy products (milk, butter, Cheddar cheese, ice cream, yogurt, and cottage cheese). This training is important for students in dairy science because it allows them to determine if products have quality defects.  Members of the judging team often obtain a position in quality control or manufacturing and they use their product judging skill to identify issues and improve the quality of dairy products.

This was the eighth consecutive year that SDSU has won the National Championship. SDSU has a long history at the contest and has won the national championship 23 times in the 94 year history of the contest. The team placed first in butter, Cheddar cheese, cottage cheese and ice cream and placed second in milk and yogurt. A total of 44 undergraduate and graduate contestants from 12 universities in the U.S. and Canada participated in the contest.

SDSU team members were Nicole Jax, Waltham, MN; Michaela VanderWal, Milbank, SD; Kaylee Wegner, Faribault, MN; and Dikshi Bawa, Karnal, India. The team is coached by Lloyd Metzger, SDSU Professor of Dairy Science and Alfred Chair in Dairy Education, Natasha Laska, SDSU graduate student and Lee Alexander, SDSU graduate student.

Nicole placed first overall, second in yogurt, milk, butter and cottage cheese, and fourth in ice cream.  As the top overall judge Nicole received the Robert Rosenbaum Award.  Michaela placed fourth overall, fourth in Cheddar cheese, fifth in cottage cheese, and sixth in milk.  Kaylee was sixth overall, first in Cheddar cheese and second in ice cream.  In the graduate student contest, Dikshi placed first overall and was first in ice cream, second in butter, and third in yogurt and cottage cheese. As the top overall graduate student judge Dikshi received the Genevieve Christen Award.

For placing first overall, the SDSU team won the Shirley Seas Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is in memory of Shirley Seas, who coached the SDSU team for 21 years. Metzger also received the Aurelia and George Weigold Coach of the Year Award.

The contest was hosted by the International Dairy Show and the International Dairy Foods Association and was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and more than 30 dairy associations, companies and suppliers.

Regional Contest

Dairy Products Judging Regional 2015

Left to right – Dikshi Bawa, Coach Lee Alexander, Michaela VanderWal, Kaylee Wegner, Nicole Jax, Coach Lloyd Metzger, Coach Natasha Laska.

South Dakota State University’s Dairy Products Judging Team placed first in All Products at the 2015 Midwest Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, held September 12th at Kraft Heinz Technology Center in Glenview, IL. The team also placed first in cottage cheese, butter, and ice cream. A total of 32 undergraduate and graduate contestants from 8 universities participated in the contest.

SDSU team members were Nicole Jax, Waltham, MN; Michaela VanderWal, Milbank, SD; Kaylee Wegner, Faribault, MN; and Dikshi Bawa, Karnal, India. The team is coached by Lloyd Metzger, SDSU Professor of Dairy Science and Alfred Chair in Dairy Education, Natasha Laska, SDSU graduate student and Lee Alexander, SDSU graduate student.

Kaylee placed first overall and second in butter and cottage cheese. As top judge at the regional contest, Kaylee received the Carl Ziesemer Award. Michaela placed third overall, third in cottage cheese and fourth in Cheddar cheese. Nicole was seventh overall and placed first in cottage cheese. In the graduate student contest, Dikshi placed first overall and was first in Cheddar cheese and Milk and second in ice cream and cottage cheese.

The contest was sponsored by Kraft Heinz Company, National Dairy Shrine, and Cargill.

2014

National Contest

Dairy Products Judging National 2014

From left: Assistant Coach Lee Alexander, Rachel Achen, Natasha Laska, Rachel Johnson, Somil Gupta, and Coach Lloyd Metzger.

South Dakota State University’s Dairy Products Judging Team placed first in All Products at the 2014 Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, held Nov. 8th at Northern Illinois University in Hoffman Estates, IL. In dairy products judging, students evaluate the appearance, texture, and flavor of six dairy products (milk, butter, Cheddar cheese, ice cream, yogurt, and cottage cheese). This training is important for students in dairy science because it allows them to determine if products have quality defects.  Members of the judging team often obtain a position in quality control or manufacturing and they use their products judging skill to identify issues and improve the quality of dairy products.

This was the seventh consecutive year that SDSU won the National Championship. SDSU has a long history at the contest and has won the national championship 22 times in the 93 year history of the contest. The team placed first in butter and ice cream, second in Cheddar cheese, third in yogurt and cottage cheese, and fourth in milk.  A total of 44 undergraduate and graduate contestants from 12 universities in the U.S. and Canada participated in the contest.

SDSU team members were Rachel Achen, Warner, SD; Rachel Johnson, Russel, MN; Natasha Laska, Norfolk, NE; and Somil Gupta, Panipat, India.  The team is coached by Lloyd Metzger, SDSU Professor of Dairy Science and Alfred Chair in Dairy Education, and Lee Alexander, SDSU graduate student.

Achen placed fifth overall, first in butter and third in ice cream and Cheddar cheese. As the top judge in butter, Achen received the Bert Aldrich Award. Laska placed fourth overall, second in butter and fourth in yogurt.  Johnson was third overall, second in ice cream and milk, and fourth in butter.  In the graduate student contest, Somil placed sixth overall and was third in milk and butter.

For placing first overall, the SDSU team won the Shirley Seas Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is in memory of Shirley Seas, who coached the SDSU team for 21 years. Metzger also received the Aurelia and George Weigold Coach of the Year Award.

The contest was hosted by Tate and Lyle and was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and more than 25 dairy associations, companies and suppliers.

Regional Contest

Dairy Products Judging 2014 Regional

From left: Coach Lloyd Metzger, Rachel Achen, Natasha Laska, Michaela VanderWal, Nicole Jax, Kaylee Wegner, Rachel Johnson, Somil Gupta, and Assistant Coach Lee Alexander.

South Dakota State University’s Dairy Products Judging Team placed second in All Products at the 2014 Midwest Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, held Oct. 25th at Kraft Technology Center in Glenview, IL.  The team also placed first in cottage cheese, butter, and ice cream.  A total of 27 undergraduate and graduate contestants from 7 universities participated in the contest.

SDSU team members were Rachel Achen, Warner, SD; Rachel Johnson, Russel, MN; Natasha Laska, Norfolk, NE; and Somil Gupta, Panipat, India.  The team is coached by Lloyd Metzger, SDSU Professor of Dairy Science and Alfred Chair in Dairy Education, and Lee Alexander, SDSU graduate student.

Achen placed first overall and first in Cheddar cheese and cottage cheese.  As top judge at the regional contest, Achen received the Carl Ziesemer Award.  Laska placed second overall, second in butter and third in milk and ice cream.  Johnson was tenth overall and placed first in ice cream and third in cottage cheese.  In the graduate student contest, Somil Gupta placed fourth overall and was first in Cheddar cheese and Butter.

The contest was sponsored by Kraft, Chicago Section Institute of Food Technologists, National Dairy Shrine, and Cargill.

2013

National Contest

Dairy Products Judging 2013 National

Pictured with their collection of trophies won at the recent 2013 Midwest Dairy Products Evaluation Contest and 92nd Annual Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest is SDSU dairy products judging team which won the program's sixth-straight national title and 21st overall. From left: coach Lloyd Metzger, professor of dairy science and the Alfred Chair in Dairy Education; Suresh Sutariya, Taylor Jones, Timothy Pennings, Megan Huegli, and coach Cassandra Hulstein. Jones, a senior from Huron, was the individual champion at both events.

Taylor Jones, a senior from Huron, received the Robert Rosenbaum Award as the undergraduate champion in the individual all products category. He also was second in ice cream, third in butter and cheddar cheese, and fourth in milk. SDSU’s streak of six-straight titles is the longest in the event’s history. Overall, SDSU placed first in ice cream and cottage cheese, second in butter, third in yogurt and fifth in milk and cheddar cheese. As the national champion, SDSU won the Shirley Seas Memorial Scholarship, which is in honor of Shirley Seas, who coached SDSU for 21 years.

Other SDSU individuals competing were:

  • Timothy Pennings, a senior from Arlington, finished first in cottage cheese and fifth in all products. 
  • Megan Huegli, a senior from Hartland, Wis., was third in ice cream, fourth in yogurt and sixth overall.
  •  Suresh Sutariya, a graduate student from Ahmedabad, India, was first in butter and second in yogurt, milk and ice cream on his way to a second-place overall finish. 

Lloyd Metzger, a SDSU professor of dairy science and the Alfred Chair in Dairy Education, and Cassandra Hulstein, a SDSU student and winner of the 2012 undergraduate individual all products title, coach the team. Metzger received the Aurelia and George Weigold Coach of the Year Award. A total of 41 undergraduate and graduate contestants from 11 universities in the U.S. and Canada participated in the contest. The contest was hosted by the International Dairy Show and the International Dairy Foods Association and was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and more than 20 dairy associations, companies and suppliers.

Regional Contest

The South Dakota State University dairy products judging team won the all products team title at the 2013 Midwest Dairy Products Evaluation Contest. The event was held Oct. 19 at the Kraft Technology Center in Glenview, Ill. Taylor Jones, a senior from Huron, won the Carl Ziesemer Award as the all products champion. He finished third in butter, ice cream and cheddar cheese. Suresh Sutariya, a graduate student from Ahmedabad, India, won the graduate division and received the Genevieve Christen Award. He was first in cottage cheese and second in yogurt. Timothy Pennings, a senior from Arlington, was third overall after finishing first in cottage cheese and fourth in butter while Megan Huegli, a senior from Hartland, Wis., was sixth overall after placing second in butter and fourth in cheddar cheese. As the team champion, SDSU won the Nick Fabricius Award. The team also won the butter, cottage cheese and cheddar cheese divisions. There were 29 undergraduate and graduate contestants from seven universities in the contest. Lloyd Metzger, a SDSU professor of dairy science and the Alfred Chair in Dairy Education, and Cassandra Hulstein, a SDSU student, are the team’s coaches. The 2013 Midwest Dairy Products Evaluation Contest was sponsored by the Chicago Section Institute of Food Technologists, National Dairy Shrine, Cargill, and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Tribby.

2012

National Contest

Dairy Products Judging 2012 National

Left to right: Lloyd Metzger (coach), Laura Mealy, Austin Asche, Lee Alexander, Cassandra Hulstein, Justin Ochsner (assistant coach)

South Dakota State University’s Dairy Products Judging Team placed first in All Products at the 2012 Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, held Nov. 3th in Springfield, MO. This was the fifth consecutive year in a row that the SDSU Dairy Products Judging Team won the National Championship. SDSU has a long history at the contest and has won the national championship 20 times in the 91 year history of the contest. The team placed first in milk and Cheddar cheese, second in ice cream, third in cottage cheese, fourth in butter, and fifth in yogurt. A total of 53 undergraduate and graduate contestants from 17 universities in the U.S. and Canada participated in the contest. SDSU team members were Austin Asche, Hutchinson, MN; Cassandra Hulstein, Edgerton, MN; Lee Alexander, Milbank, SD; and Laura Mealy, Springfield, OR. The team is coached by Lloyd Metzger, SDSU Professor of Dairy Science and Alfred Chair in Dairy Education, and Justin Ochsner, SDSU student. Hulstein placed first overall and fourth in ice cream and Cheddar cheese. As top judge in the nation, Hulstein received the Robert Rosenbaum Award. Asche placed third overall, and first in Cheddar cheese and milk and third in cottage cheese. As the third place judge in the nation Asche received the Harold Roberts Award. Alexander was fourth overall and placed fifth in Cheddar cheese and seventh in butter. In the graduate student contest, Mealy placed first overall and was first in butter, ice cream, and cottage cheese. As top judge in the graduate contest, Mealy received the Genevieve Christen Award. For placing first overall, the SDSU team won the Shirley Seas Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is in memory of Shirley Seas, who coached the SDSU team for 21 years. Metzger also received the Aurelia and George Weigold Coach of the Year Award. The contest was hosted by Dairiconcepts and was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food Processing Suppliers Association, Arthur W. Nesbitt, Chr. Hansen Inc., Hilmar Cheese Company, Dairy Concepts, Dupont Danisco, YoCrunch, Nasco, Nelson Jameson, Schreiber Foods, Saputo, Dairy Chem, IDFA, and Griton Manufacturing Co. 

Regional Contest

Dairy Products Judging 2012 Regional

Left to right: Timothy Pennings,  Lee Alexander, Austin Asche, Taylor Jones, Cassandra Hulstein, and Laura Mealy. Not in picture, Coach Lloyd Metzger, Professor, and Assistant Coach, Justin Ochsner

South Dakota State University’s Dairy Products Judging Team placed first in All Products at the 2012 Midwest Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, held on 20th October at Kraft Technology Center in Glenview, IL.  For placing first overall, the SDSU team won the Nick Fabricius Award. The team also placed first in milk, butter, and Cheddar cheese.  A total of 30 undergraduate and graduate contestants from 10 universities participated in the contest.  SDSU team members were Austin Asche, Hutchinson, MN; Cassandra Hulstein, Edgerton, MN; Lee Alexander, Milbank, SD; and Laura Mealy, Springfield, OR.  The team is coached by Lloyd Metzger, SDSU Professor of Dairy Science and Alfred Chair in Dairy Education, and Justin Ochsner, SDSU student.  Also participating in the contest were alternates Timothy Pennings, Saint Petersburg, FL and Taylor Jones, Huron, SD.  Asche placed first overall and first in milk; second in butter, Cheddar cheese, ice cream, and yogurt; and fourth in cottage cheese.  As top judge at the regional contest, Asche received the Carl Ziesemer Award.  Hulstein placed second overall, second in cottage cheese, third in yogurt, fourth in ice cream, and fifth in Cheddar cheese and butter.  Alexander was 14th overall and placed second in butter and fourth in Cheddar cheese.  In the graduate student contest, Mealy placed first overall and was first in yogurt, milk, and cottage cheese.  As top judge in the graduate contest, Mealy received the Genevieve Christen Award.  The contest was sponsored by the Chicago Dairy Technology Society.

2011

National Contest

Dairy Products Judging National 2011

Left to right:Assistant Coach Eric McNeel, Justin Ochsner, Angie Klaers, Luke Rensink, Som Khanal, and Coach Lloyd Metzger

South Dakota State University’s Dairy Products Judging Team placed first in All Products in the 2011 90th Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, held Nov. 5th at Kraft Technology Center in Glenview, IL. This was the fourth year in a row that the Dairy Products Judging Team won the National Championship. The team placed first in milk, butter, yogurt, and Cheddar cheese. A total of 40 undergraduate and graduate contestants from 11 universities in the U.S. and Canada participated in the contest. SDSU team members were Luke Rensink, Freeman, SD; Justin Ochsner, New London, MN; Angie Klaers, Wabasso, MN; and Som Khanal, Putalisadak Kathmandu, Nepal. Rensink placed first overall and first in ice cream, second in butter and third in yogurt and Cheddar cheese. As top judge in the nation, Rensink received the Robert Rosenbaum Award. Ochsner placed fourth overall, and second in Cheddar cheese and fourth in yogurt and butter. Klaers was fifth overall and placed first in butter and second in milk. As the top butter judge, Klaers received the Bert Aldrich Award. In the graduate student contest, Khanal placed first overall and was first in yogurt, Cheddar cheese, ice cream, and cottage cheese. As top judge in the graduate contest, Khanal received the Genevieve Christen Award. For placing first overall, the SDSU team won the Shirley Seas Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is in memory of Shirley Seas, who coached the SDSU team for 21 years. Metzger also received the Aurelia and George Weigold Coach of the Year Award. The contest was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food Processing Suppliers Association, Chr. Hansen, Inc., and the American Dairy Science Association. The team was coached by Lloyd Metzger, Associate Professor of Dairy Science and Alfred Chair in Dairy Education, and Eric McNeel, SDSU student.

2010

National Contest

Dairy Products Judging 2010 National

Left to right – Coach Bob Baer, Gagan Deep, Rebecca Hanson, Samantha Erickson, Eric McNeel, and Coach Lloyd Metzger

South Dakota State University's Dairy Products Judging Team placed first in All Products in the 2010 89th Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, held on 12th November at Archer Daniels Midland Company James R. Randall Research Center in Decatur, IL.  This was the third year in a row for the Dairy Products Judging Team to win the National Championship.  The team placed first in milk, butter, ice cream, and Cheddar cheese.  A total of 38 undergraduate and graduate contestants from 10 universities in the U.S. and Canada participated in the contest. SDSU team members were Samantha Erickson, Postville, IA; Rebecca Hanson, Brandon; Eric McNeel, Blackfoot, ID; and Gagan Deep, Kurukshetra, India.  The team is coached by Bob Baer, SDSU Professor of Dairy Science and Lloyd Metzger, SDSU Associate Professor of Dairy Science and Alfred Chair in Dairy Education. Erickson placed first overall, including first in milk, butter, and Cheddar cheese.  As top judge in the nation, Erickson received the Robert Rosenbaum Award and lifetime membership in the National Dairy Shrine.  She has also been invited to participate in the spring 2011 Quality Chekd Dairies, Inc. annual conference in St. Louis, MO.  Hanson placed fourth overall, first in ice cream and second in milk and butter.  She was awarded lifetime membership in the National Dairy Shrine.  McNeel was 12th overall and placed fifth in Cheddar cheese.  In the graduate student contest, Deep placed first overall and was first in milk, butter, ice cream, cottage cheese, and yogurt.  As top judge in the graduate contest, Deep received the Genevieve Christen Award. For placing first overall, the SDSU team won the Shirley Seas Memorial Scholarship.  This scholarship is in memory of Shirley Seas, who coached the SDSU team for 21 years.  Baer also received the Aurelia and George Weigold Coach of the Year Award. The contest was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food Processing Suppliers Association, Chr. Hansen, Inc., and the American Dairy Science Association.

Regional Contest

Dairy Products Judging 2010 Regional

Left to right – Coach Bob Baer, Angela Klaers, Eric McNeel, Samantha Erickson, Gagan Deep, Rebecca Hanson, Luke Rensink, and Assistant Coach Lloyd Metzger

The South Dakota State University Dairy Products Judging Team placed second at the Midwest Regional Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, held Oct. 23 at Kraft in Glenview, IL.  Team members were Samantha Erickson, Postville, IA; Rebecca Hanson, Brandon; Eric McNeel, Blackfoot, ID; and Gagan Deep, Kurukshetra, India.  Rebecca Hanson placed first, Eric McNeel placed second, and Samantha Erickson placed third overall in the contest.  Gagan Deep placed first in the graduate student contest.    Eight teams from seven states with 30 contestants participated in the contest.  The SDSU team placed first in milk, yogurt, ice cream, and cottage cheese.  Alternate team members who will compete officially next year included Angela Klaers; Wabasso, MN; Justin Ochsner, New London, MN; and Luke Rensink, Freeman.  The team was coached by Bob Baer, Professor of Dairy Science and Lloyd Metzger, Associate Professor of Dairy Science and Alfred Chair in Dairy Education.

2009

National Contest

Dairy Products Judging 2009 National

Photo: Left to right – Jordan Dorneman, Cassey Utke, Nicki Stevens, Oliver Janevski, and Coach Bob Baer

South Dakota State University's Dairy Products Judging Team placed first in All Products in the 2009 National Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, held Oct. 31 at Kraft Foods in Glenview, IL. The team placed first in Cheddar cheese, milk, yogurt, and butter and second in ice cream and cottage cheese. A total of 50 undergraduate and graduate contestants from 16 universities in the U.S. and Canada participated in the contest. SDSU team members were Jordan Dorneman, Milbank; Nicole Stevens, Pipestone, MN; Cassey Utke, Brandon; and Oliver Janevski, Skopje, Macedonia. Alternate team members included Sami Erickson, Postville, IA; Becky Hanson, Brandon; and Eric McNeel, Blackfoot, ID. The team is coached by Bob Baer, SDSU Professor of Dairy Science.

Utke placed first overall, including first in cottage cheese, second in butter, and third in ice cream and yogurt. Dorneman placed second overall, first in Cheddar cheese and yogurt, and second in milk. Stevens was third overall and third in milk and Cheddar cheese. In the graduate student contest, Janevski placed first overall, first in yogurt, milk, Cheddar cheese, and butter and second in ice cream. The SDSU team became the first entrant in the contest's 88 years to sweep the top three places in the overall undergraduate competition

For placing first overall, the SDSU team won the Shirley Seas Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is in memory of Shirley Seas, who coached the SDSU team for 21 years. Baer also received the Aurelia and George Weigold Coach of the Year Award.

As top judge in the nation, Utke received the Robert Rosenbaum Award and lifetime membership in the National Dairy Shrine. As second place judge, Dorneman received the Everett Byers Memorial Award and in March 2010 has been invited to participate in the World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, WI. For placing third, Stevens received the Harold Roberts Award. As top judge in the graduate student contest, Janevski received the Genevieve Christen Award. The team has been invited to participate in the spring 2010 Quality Chekd Dairies, Inc. annual conference in Dallas, TX.

The contest was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food Processing Suppliers Association, and the American Dairy Science Association.

2008

National Contest

Dairy Products Judging 2008 National

Photo above: Left to right – Coach Bob Baer, Vandana Panchal, Jessica Berg, Tricia Schuller, and Abbie Wirt

South Dakota State University's Dairy Products Judging Team placed first in All Products in the 2008 National Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, held 22nd October in Newark, OH. The contest was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food Processing Suppliers Association, and the American Dairy Science Association. A total of 58 undergraduate and graduate contestants from 15 universities in the U.S. and Canada participated in the contest. The SDSU team placed first in Cheddar cheese, milk, and butter, second in ice cream, fifth in cottage cheese, and sixth in yogurt.

SDSU team members were Jessica Berg, Baltic; Tricia Schuller, Alcester; Abbie Wirt, Lewiston, MN; and Vandana Panchal, Anand, India. The team is coached by Bob Baer, SDSU Professor of Dairy Science. Wirt placed first overall, including first in butter, second in Cheddar cheese, and fourth in cottage cheese. Schuller placed second overall, first in Cheddar cheese and second in milk. Berg was eighth overall and sixth in Cheddar cheese. In the graduate student contest, Vandana Panchal placed first overall, first in Cheddar cheese and ice cream and second in yogurt and milk.

For placing first overall, the SDSU team won the Shirley Seas Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is in memory of Shirley Seas, who coached the SDSU team for 21 years. Baer also received the Aurelia and George Weigold Coach of the Year Award.

As top judge in the nation, Wirt received the Robert Rosenbaum Award and lifetime membership in the National Dairy Shrine. In addition, she has been invited to participate in the spring 2009 Quality Chek'd Dairies, Inc. annual conference in Kansas City, MO. As second place judge, Schuller received the Everett Byers Memorial Award and lifetime membership in the National Dairy Shrine, will attend the Quality Chek'd Dairies conference, and will participate in March 2009 in the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest at the Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay, WI.

Midwest Regional Contest

Dairy Products Judging 2008 Regional

Photo: Left to right are Jordan Dorneman, Vandana Panchal, Jessica Berg, Abbie Wirt, Tricia Schuller, Cassey Utke, Coach Bob Baer, and Nicki Stevens

The South Dakota State University Dairy Products Judging Team placed second at the Midwest Regional Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, held on October 11th in Glenview, IL. Team members are Jessica Berg, Baltic; Tricia Schuller, Alcester; Abbie Wirt, Lewiston, MN; and Vandana Panchal, Anand, India. Berg placed fifth overall in the contest and first in cottage cheese. Schuller placed first in the contest and was first in butter and second in ice cream and cottage cheese. Wirt placed second in the event and was first in Cheddar cheese and third in butter and cottage cheese. Panchal received first place in the graduate student contest and first in Cheddar cheese, butter, and ice cream.

Eight teams from seven states with 33 contestants participated in the contest. The SDSU team placed first in Cheddar cheese, butter, and cottage cheese. Alternate team members who will compete officially next year included Jordan Dorneman, Milbank; Nicki Stevens, Pipestone, MN; and Cassey Utke, Brandon.

2007

National Contest

Dairy Products Judging 2007 National

Left to right, Coach Bob Baer, Ashish Pandit, Derek Griesse, Tori Boomgaarden, and Jonah King

The South Dakota State University Dairy Products Judging Team placed third in All Products in the 2007 National Collegiate Dairy Products Judging Contest, which was held in Las Vegas Oct. 15 in conjunction with the Pack Expo. Twenty universities, including 70 undergraduate and graduate contestants from the U.S. and Canada, competed in the contest. The SDSU team members were Tori Boomgaarden, Pipestone, MN.; Derek Griesse, Harrisburg; Jonah King, Volga; and Ashish Pandit, Bhadran, India. King placed first overall and was first in yogurt and ice cream. As first place individual, King was invited to be a judge at the Quality Chekd Dairy Products Association Meeting in Dallas, Texas in April. Boomgaarden placed sixth overall and was second in yogurt and ice cream and third in Cheddar cheese. Griesse placed 15th overall and was first in Cheddar cheese. For placing first in Cheddar cheese, Griesse was invited to be a judge at the World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wisc. in March. In the graduate student contest Pandit placed third overall, first in cottage cheese and Cheddar cheese, second in yogurt, and third in ice cream. Team rankings were first in yogurt, ice cream, and Cheddar cheese, second in milk, and fourth in cottage cheese. The team is coached by Bob Baer, Professor of Dairy Science.

Midwest Regional Contest

Dairy Products Judging 2007 Regional

Front row left to right – Derek Griesse, Tori Boomgaarden, Jonah King, and Ashish Pandit. Back row left to right – Coach Bob Baer, Jessica Berg, and Abbie Wirt

The South Dakota State University Dairy Products Judging Team placed first at the Midwest Regional Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, which was held September 29 in Glenview, IL at Kraft Foods. Team members were Tori Boomgaarden, Pipestone, MN; Derek Griesse, Harrisburg; Jonah King, Volga; and Ashish Pandit, Bhadran, India. King placed fourth in the contest and first in yogurt and cheddar cheese. Boomgaarden placed sixth in the contest, first in cottage cheese, second in cheddar cheese, and third in yogurt. Griesse placed eighth in the contest and third in ice cream. Pandit placed first to win the graduate student contest, and was first in butter and cheddar cheese. Nine teams and 36 contestants participated in the contest. The team placed first in cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, and yogurt. Alternate team members were Jessica Berg, Baltic and Abbie Wirt, Lewiston, MN. The team will compete at the National Contest on October 15 in Las Vegas, NV. The team is coached by Bob Baer, Professor of Dairy Science.

2006

National Contest

Dairy Products Judging 2006 National

Front row – Kari Gorsuch, back row – Coach Bob Baer, Darshan Purohit, Jenna Mueller, and Travis Holscher

The South Dakota State University Dairy Products Judging Team placed fourth in All Products in the 2006 National Collegiate Dairy Products Judging Contest, which was held in Chicago on 30th October in conjunction with the Pack Expo. Nineteen universities, including 65 undergraduate and graduate contestants from the US and Canada, competed in the contest. The SDSU team members were Kari Gorsuch, Arlington; Travis Holscher, Twin Brooks; Jenna Mueller, Big Stone City; and Darshan Purohit, Gujarat, India. Mueller placed seventh overall, including second in yogurt, fourth in butter, and sixth in ice cream. Gorsuch placed ninth overall and was fourth in milk and seventh in yogurt and ice cream. Holscher placed nineteenth and was sixth in yogurt and seventh in butter. In the graduate student contest Purohit placed first overall, first in Cheddar cheese and yogurt, second in milk, fourth in butter, fifth in cottage cheese, and sixth in ice cream. As top judge in the graduate contest Purohit received the Genevieve Christen Award. Team rankings were second in butter and yogurt, sixth in ice cream and cottage cheese, and seventh in milk. The team is coached by Dr. Bob Baer, Professor of Dairy Science.

Midwest Regional Contest

Dairy Products Judging 2006 Regional

Front row left to right - Darshan Purohit, Kari Gorsuch, Jonah King, and Jenna Heck. Back row left to right – Travis Holscher, Derek Griesse, Jenna Mueller, Tori Boomgaarden, and Coach Bob Baer

The South Dakota State University Dairy Products Judging Team placed second at the Midwest Regional Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, which was held in Glenview, IL at Kraft Foods. Team members were Kari Gorsuch, Arlington; Travis Holscher, Twin Brooks; Jenna Mueller, Big Stone City; and Darshan Purohit, Gujarat, India. Mueller placed fourth in the contest and first in Cheddar cheese and butter. Holscher placed ninth in the contest and third in ice cream. Gorsuch placed eleventh in the contest, second in Cheddar cheese and cottage cheese, and fourth in ice cream. Darshan Purohit placed second in the graduate student contest, first in butter, second in cottage cheese, and third in milk and Cheddar cheese. Eleven teams and 37 contestants participated in the contest. The team placed first in Cheddar cheese and cottage cheese, and third in ice cream. Alternate team members were Tori Boomgaarden, Pipestone, MN; Derek Griesse, Harrisburg; Jenna Heck, Beardsley, MN; and Jonah King, Volga. The team is coached by Dr. Bob Baer, Professor of Dairy Science.

2005

National Contest

Dairy Products Judging 2005 National

Photo: Front row left to right – Don Halajian, Nirupama Nigam, Coach Bob Baer, Jason Nissen, and Richard DeRouchey. Right Photo: Richard DeRouchey judging Cheddar cheese at the National Contest

The South Dakota State University Dairy Products Judging Team placed first in All Products in the 2005 National Collegiate Dairy Products Judging Contest, which was held in Chicago on 28th October in conjunction with the World Wide Food Expo. Seventeen universities, including 64 undergraduate and graduate contestants from the US and Canada, competed in the contest. The SDSU team members, coached by Dr. Bob Baer were Richard DeRouchey of Mitchell, SD, Jason Nissen of Bushnell, SD, Donovan Halajian of Milbank, SD and Nirupama Nigam of Anand, India. Richard DeRouchey placed first overall, including second in butter, third in milk, and fifth in ice cream. Donovan Halajian placed eleventh overall in the contest, first in Cottage cheese and third in Cheddar cheese. Jason Nissen was twelfth overall, second in ice cream, third in Cottage cheese, and fourth in Cheddar. In the graduate student contest, Nirupama Nigam placed second overall, first in butter, second in yogurt and Cottage cheese, and fifth in milk. The team rankings were first in Cottage cheese and Cheddar cheese, second in butter and ice cream, fourth in yogurt, and sixth in milk. Dr. Bob Baer also received the Aurelia and George Weigold Coach of the Year Award. For placing first overall as a team, the SDSU team also won the Shirley Seas Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is in memory of Shirley Seas, who coached the SDSU team for 21 years. As the top judge in the nation, Richard DeRouchey received the Robert Rosenbaum Award and lifetime membership in the National Dairy Shrine. In addition, he has been invited to participate in the Quality Chek'd Dairies, Inc. annual Conference in St. Louis and the World Cheese Contest of the Wisconsin Cheesemakers Association in Madison, WI in 2006. Earlier in the fall, the SDSU team also placed first overall at the Midwest Regional Contest in Chicago.

Midwest Regional Contest

Dairy Products Judging 2005 Regional

Photo: Front row left to right – Nirupama Nigam, Richard DeRouchey, Gurmeet Singh, and Don Halajian. Back row left to right – Jason Nissen, Jenna Mueller, Travis Holscher, and Coach Bob Baer

The South Dakota State University Dairy Products Judging Team coached by Dr. Bob Baer won the Midwest Regional Dairy Products Evaluation Contest. The team took first place in the "All Products" category to win the contest, which was held in Glenview, IL at Kraft Foods on 8th October. Team members were Richard DeRouchey, Mitchell; Don Halajian, Milbank; Jason Nissen, Bushnell; and Nirupama Nigam, Gujarat, India. Nissen placed first in the contest, second in yogurt and butter, and third in Cheddar cheese and cottage cheese. DeRouchey placed sixth in the contest, third in ice cream, and fourth in cottage cheese. Halajian placed seventh in the contest and was second in milk. Nirupama Nigam placed first in the graduate student contest, first in milk and Cheddar cheese, second in butter, ice cream, and cottage cheese, and third in yogurt. Gurmeet Singh placed third in cottage cheese. Eight teams and 31 contestants participated in the contest. The team placed 1st in cottage cheese and ice cream and 2nd in Cheddar cheese and butter, and 3rd in milk and yogurt. Alternate team members were Travis Holscher of Twin Brooks and Jenna Mueller of Big Stone City.

2004

National Contest

Dairy Products Judging 2004 National

Left: left to right: Jean Hughes, Amber Sperlich, Brandon Sahr, Coach Bob Baer, and Mandeep Patel

At the National Contest in Lakeland, FL on November 5 the team placed 4th out of 18 teams. The team was 2nd in Cheddar cheese and 3rd in milk. Amber placed 4th, Jean was 10th, and Brandon was 19th in All Products. Brandon placed 2nd overall in milk. In the graduate contest Mandeep Patel was 3rd in yogurt, butter, Cottage cheese, and All Products.

Midwest Regional Contest

The Dairy Products Judging Team coached by Dr. Bob Baer and including Amber Sperlich, Jean Hughes, Brandon Sahr, and Mandeep Patel (graduate student) placed sixth in the Midwest Regional Contest in Glenview, IL on October 25, 2004. The team placed 2nd in Cottage cheese and 4th in butter. Jean Hughes placed 1st in cottage cheese and 2nd in butter. Brandon Sahr was 4th in yogurt. In the graduate contest, Mandeep Patel was 1st in ice cream and cottage cheese and 3rd in All Products.

2003

National Contest

Dairy Products Judging 2003 National

Left to right: Jacob Hammerly, Ananya Biswas, Dallas Vaughn, Coach Bob Baer, and Annie Milbrandt

he SDSU Dairy Products Judging Team took third place in All Products at the 82nd Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest in Chicago, IL. Team members were Jacob Hammerly of Ames, IA, Annie Milbrandt of Elmore, MN, Dallas Vaughn of Dallas, and Ananya Biswas of Calcutta, India. Seventeen teams and sixty four contestants competed in the contest. Milbrandt placed fourth in the contest, first in butter and yogurt, third in ice cream, and fourth in cottage cheese. She won the Bert Aldrich butter award and the Joe Larson Merit Award for the student that displayed the most professional appearance and attitude during the contest. Vaughn placed sixth in the contest, first in Cheddar cheese, and fourth in yogurt. Hammerly placed eighth in the contest, third in butter, and fifth in yogurt. Biswas placed first in the graduate student contest, first in ice cream and yogurt, second in Cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, and milk, and third in butter. He received the Genevieve Christen All Products graduate student award.

Midwest Regional Contest

Dairy Products Judging 2003 Regional

Left to right: Coach Bob Baer, Dallas Vaughn, Jacob Hammerly, Amber Sperlich, Jean Hughes, Annie Milbrandt, Ananya Biswas

The South Dakota State University Dairy Products Judging Team took first place in All Products to win the Midwest Regional Dairy Products Evaluation Contest in Glenview, IL. The team placed first in butter, cottage cheese, and ice cream and second in Cheddar cheese and yogurt. Team members were Jacob Hammerly, Ames, Iowa; Annie Milbrandt, Elmore, Minn.; Dallas Vaughn, Dallas; and Ananya Biswas, Calcutta, India. Annie Milbrandt placed third in the contest, second in butter, and third in cottage cheese. Dallas Vaughn placed sixth in the contest, first in butter, second in cottage cheese, and third in ice cream. Jake Hammerly was seventh in the contest and second in ice cream. Ananya Biswas placed second in the graduate student contest. Nine teams and 35 contestants participated in the contest. Alternate team members were Jean Hughes, Alcester and Amber Sperlich, Parkston. Bob Baer coaches the team.