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Dairy Challenge Vet - Sponsored by Merck Animal Health

See the 2020 Flyer here!

Visit the official North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge Website at: www.dairychallenge.org, specifically the “DC Vet” tab linked here: http://www.dairychallenge.org/dc_vet_event.php 


Dairy Challenge Vet is a competition designed to assess students’ knowledge of current recommended dairy practices and principles of dairy farm management. It provides students with the opportunity to evaluate management practices of a host dairy and present their findings in front of a panel of representatives from the dairy industry. Students are grouped in teams of three to four individuals. Teams receive farm records and spend two hours at the host farm, evaluating all aspects of the operation, including reproduction, housing, milking procedures, nutrition, etc. Then teams prepare a 15-minute presentation and present in front of a panel of judges. 10 minutes are allotted for questions from the judges’ panel after each presentation.

TO REGISTER: the link to register for the OSU Food Animal Medicine Student Symposium (FAMSS) will open on February 15th. This page will be updated with it here: 


Within this registration, there will be an option to sign up for Dairy Challenge Vet. You will receive a follow-up email from the Dairy Challenge Planning Committee in the following weeks confirming your participation.

There is no registration fee - it is FREE for students to participate! All meals and the hotel room for Thursday night are sponsored by Merck Animal Health and are at NO COST to participating students.


Wednesday, April 1st:
Teams Receive Farm Materials via email/online dropbox

Thursday, April 2nd: 
Students arrive to Columbus
6:30-9:00 PM: Dinner at Roosters (3370 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43202) 
*Order of presentations will be determined at dinner

Friday, April 3rd: 
6:30-6:40 AM: Arrive to OSU Vet School to board bus (1900 Coffey Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210) 
6:45 AM: Bus departs to go to farm (donuts will be provided for breakfast on the bus) 
7:45 AM-9:30 AM: On-farm evaluation, time to talk to farm owners/managers 
9:30 AM: Depart farm for Vet School (room assignments will be given on the bus ride back to OSU) 
10:30AM-1:00 PM: Time to prepare presentations and eat lunch 
1:00 PM: All presentations are turned in via email to Marina.sweet129@gmail.com 
1:15-4:10 PM: Student presentations (25 mins total/group (15-minute presentation with 10 minutes for judge questions)

Experienced division – VMAB 430 
1:15-1:45 PM - 1st presentation 
1:50-2:20 PM - 2nd presentation 
2:25-2:55 PM - 3rd presentation 
3:00-3:30 PM - 4th presentation 
3:35-4:05 PM - 5th presentation 

Inexperienced division - VMAB 330 
1:15-1:45 PM - 1st presentation 
1:50-2:20 PM - 2nd presentation 
2:25-2:55 PM - 3rd presentation 
3:00-3:30 PM - 4th presentation 
3:35-4:05 PM – 5th presentation 
*presentation times may be adjusted based on number of teams that register 

4:10-4:30 PM: Judges deliberate 
4:30-5:00 PM: Judges meet with students as a group and discuss their conclusions 
5:30 PM: FAMSS welcome dinner and announcement of winners 

**Immediately following the contest, registered students are invited to proceed to the Welcome Dinner for the 2020 symposium at 5:30 PM. As Dairy Challenge will conclude as the dinner begins, we encourage students to use the time during which you are not presenting to complete the registration process for FAMSS, in the Veterinary Medical Center building across the lawn (Registration is open from 4:00-5:30 PM).

Please reach out to the FAMSS Dairy Challenge Planning Committee with questions:
Marina Sweet (sweet.129@osu.edu)
Angie Koesters
Kelly Loewen
Megan Moran

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