SUNY Cobleskill

The State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill dairy cattle judging team proved itself best in show this summer at a prestigious international competition, taking home top honors at Scotland's 178th Royal Highland Show last month.

The Edinburgh show bills itself as one of the country's most iconic events celebrating the best in farming, food and rural life. More than 2,150 livestock competitors with more than 6,500 animals participate in the four-day event hosted by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland.

The Cobleskill dairy team swept first and second places, competing in teams of two. Josh Chisholm and Kennedy Crothers were awarded first place, while second place was taken by Matt Currie and Kaylah Gulley. The participating students hailed from several college programs, including animal industry, animal science, and agricultural business management.

Competitors rank dairy cows in each class after careful inspection of each animal's body condition, rib structure, udders, size and ability to produce milk. Through the year the team visits top dairy operations locally and around the country when traveling to competitions.

The team staged several events to raise funds toward the cost of the trip, and was able to travel after their wins in Edinburgh to the Luxembourg National Dairy Show, where they had the opportunity to judge a young milking cow class and experienced local life staying with host families.

In 2017, the judging team took home top honors at the prestigious World Dairy Expo dairy judging contest in Madison, Wisconsin. The team also competed at the Eastern State Expo and at the All-American Dairy Show Judging Contests, placing second at both events.

Erin Jerome, staff writer, may be reached at (607) 441-7221, or at ejerome@thedailystar.com. Follow her on Twitter at @DS_ErinJ .

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