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SDSU Dairy Cattle Excel at South Dakota State Fair

Brown Swiss at State Fair
Brown Swiss at State Fair

The SDSU Dairy and Food Science Department exhibited seven animals at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair.  Brown Swiss HILLTOP ACRES WISK CARMEL won first place 4 year old cow and senior champion on her way to a grand champion title.  She was shown by Laura Frye.  In the Holstein division, CAMPANILE DEFIANT 7534-RED placed 11th in the winter heifer calf class and CAMPANILE DEFIANT 7477 placed 4th in the spring yearling heifer class.  Both heifers were shown by Emily Rogers. 

In the Brown Swiss division there were several other exhibits.  In the spring yearling heifer class, V B HP RICHARD 469, shown by Chelsea Smith placed 5th, and JUST SO P WISTERIA, shown by Emily Rogers placed second.  HILLTOP ACRES NW JADA, shown by Laura Frye, won the junior 2 year old class, and went on to win reserve intermediate champion.  Reserve senior champion and reserve grand champion honors went to KAMPS-HOLLOW FLAVOR, the winning 5 year old cow, shown by Chelsea Smith.  Finally,

All cattle were shown by Dairy and Food Science Department students and student employees.  The Dairy Research and Training Facility is managed by Pete Linke.  Assistant manager, Melissa Schmitt, supported the students with care and preparation of the cattle.

About the South Dakota State University Dairy and Food Science Department

With expertise in dairy production, dairy manufacturing and food science, the South Dakota State University Dairy and Food Science Department covers the entire spectrum of the dairy industry from farm to product. The department is housed in the renovated Alfred Dairy Science Hall, attached to the state-of-the-art Davis Dairy Plant. About a mile north of campus, the South Dakota State University dairy farm provides the source of milk for well-known SDSU ice cream and cheese products and is home to some 150 milking Holsteins and Brown Swiss cattle. The department boasts 100 percent job placement for graduates, offers more than $150,000 in scholarships to students and confers bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees.