The world-champion UW-Madison dairy judging team has completed an two-week tour of Scotland, Great Britain, France, Luxembourg and Germany. The travelers included Kelly Sime, Chelsea Holschbach, Ben Sarbacker and Brian Coyne and coach Ted Halbach. All have returned except for Coyne, who remains behind for an internship in Ireland. The tour was one of the rewards for winning the 2010 National Collegiate Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo.
Halbach says the team learned a lot about European agriculture during the trip, visiting a pasture-based dairy operation in Scotland, competing at both the Royal Highland and Luxembourg National youth dairy cattle judging contests, taking scenic coach tours through the open agricultural landscape of Great Britain and France, living with rural host families for three days in Luxembourg, observing how robotic milking systems work and gaining exposure in Germany to the art of fine wine making. In each country they visited, they saw numerous sites of historical significance including monuments to those who sacrificed in the two World Wars. They recorded some of their experiences in this blog.