Daninger part of UM dairy judging team

Forest Lake’s Erin Daninger was part of the University of Minnesota team that placed second overall at the National Collegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest held Sept. 30 in conjunction with World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.

With 19 four-year colleges competing for honors, Virginia Tech placed first, Oregon State third, Ohio State fourth, and Cornell fifth.

The UM team also placed second in oral reasons, first in Guernseys, first in Holsteins, second in Jerseys, fifth in Milking Shorthorns and fifth in Red and Whites.

Daninger’s teammates were Doug Petzel of Arlington, Tyler Otte of Randolph and Jon Schmitt of Rice.

Individually, Daninger was fourth overall. She took first in reasons, second in Holsteins, second in Jerseys, second in Milking Shorthorns and third in Guernseys. Petzel placed third overall and Otte 15th.

Coaches for the 2013 dairy cattle judging teams for the University of Minnesota were Les Hansen, Scott Ellinghuysen, Alicia Thurk and Issac Salfer.

Daninger, who has been dairy judging since she was 13, said her mother and aunts also competed at World Dairy Expo, and her mother has been a judge there.

Before the competition, the team practiced ranking cows and giving reasons for the placement, visiting seven Minnesota dairy farms to see more cattle.

Sharlene and Pat Daninger, Erin’s parents, raise Holsteins on their Forest Lake Autumnwood Farm and sell dairy products to grocery stores and restaurants.