UW-Madison Tops the 2023 NAILE Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest

Members of a dairy judging team stand at a table with their awards.
The winning team at the 2023 NAILE Intercollegiate
Dairy Judging Contest. From left to right: Brian Kelroy; Coach, Kylie Konyn, Gracie Krahn, Natalie Roe, Emma Dorshorst, and Trent Olson; Coach.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison dairy judging team, including team members Natalie Roe, Kylie Konyn, Gracie Krahn, and Emma Dorshorst, took home the honors of High Overall Team and High Overall Team in Reasons at the NAILE Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest, finishing ahead of the University of Minnesota by 36 points. The contest was held last semester at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY. Junior Natalie Roe earned Overall High Individual honors and was 2nd in reasons. Junior Kylie Konyn placed 2nd overall and 3rd in reasons. Senior Gracie Krahn was 7th overall, and Junior Emma Dorshorst placed 11th overall, respectively.

UW-Madison was also the High Team in the Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, and Holstein breeds. Individually, Natalie won High Individual in Holsteins and was 5th in Guernseys. Kylie was 2nd in Brown Swiss and Ayrshires and 3rd in Holsteins, and Emma Dorshorst was 3rd in Brown Swiss. The team is coached by UW-Madison alumni Brian Kelroy and Trent Olson.

Sixteen teams traveled from across the country to compete in the contest. These students learn many life skills such as confidence, public speaking, critical thinking, logic, and good sportsmanship as they vie for top awards. The UW-Madison team’s participation was funded through the University of Wisconsin Foundation’s David P. Dickson Student Activity Fund.