MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — More than 120 students from 14 colleges and universities across the northeast and Canada are expected to attend the 2013 Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge this year, hosted by William H. Miner Agricultural Institute in Chazy, N.Y.
The three-day event is a hands-on educational opportunity to prepare students for careers in the dairy industry.
This year’s Northeast Dairy Challenge will be held Oct.31-Nov. 2. The program is designed to create an educational environment and facilitate a real-world dairy team situation.
To accomplish this, students are placed on mixed-university teams. The Dairy Challenge strives to incorporate a higher-learning atmosphere with practical application to help prepare students for careers in the dairy industry.
Students will travel to one of three host farms to conduct an evaluation of the operation. Teams of students then develop a comprehensive program for their host farm including recommendations for nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health, housing and financial management.
Students will then present recommendations to a panel of judges. Presentations will be evaluated based on student analysis and recommendations.
The North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge was established in 2002 as a management contest to incorporate all phases of a specific dairy business. Its mission is to facilitate education, communication, and an exchange of ideas among students, agribusiness, dairy producers, and universities that enhances the development of the dairy industry and its leaders.
For more information, visit www.dairychallenge.org or www.facebook.com/DairyChallenge.