Cal Poly Sweeps the Western Spring National Collegiate Dairy Judging Contest

June 8, 2017

Contact: AnnMarie Cornejo

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly dairy science students were among the top contenders at the recent Western Spring National Collegiate Dairy Judging Contest in Richmond, Utah.   

Cal Poly took two teams of students to the competition, coached by dairy science lecturer Rich Silacci and assisted by Professor Stan Henderson. Ten teams from across the country competed, including teams from Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Modesto Junior College. 

Participants, working on four-person teams, judged 10 classes of Holstein cattle. Each contestant then gave an oral presentation (called reasons) defending their placings for five of those classes. 

The Cal Poly Gold Team — comprised of dairy science seniors Alexandra Gambonini of Petaluma and Hannah Neer of San Luis Obispo, and dairy science juniors Elise Regusci and Elisabeth Regusci, both of Modesto — took first place overall and in placings and reasons. 

The Cal Poly Green Team — comprised of agribusiness freshman Nico Marsigli of Gustine, dairy science sophomore Jack Vander Dussen of Hanford, dairy science junior Hank DeVries of Buhl, Idaho, and dairy science freshman Brandon Almeida of Hilmar — placed third in reasons and sixth overall. 

Individual placings include Elisabeth Regusci placing first in reasons and overall; Gambonini placing second overall and third in reasons; Almeida placing second in reasons and fourth overall; and Elise Regusci placing sixth overall.

About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university. The university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences is comprised of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative professionals ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, including ranch land, orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology. It is the fifth-largest college of agriculture in the country, with 4,000 undergraduate students.


The dairy science students are (back row, left to right): Hank DeVries, Jack Vander Dussen, Nico Marsigli, and Professor Stan Henderson; and (front row, left to right): Alexandra Gambonini, Elisabeth Regusci, Elise Regusci, Hannah Neer, Brandon Almeida, and lecturer Rich Silacci. 


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