Reception held to honor KC Dairy Judging Team

A reception to honor the 2013 National Champion KC Dairy Judging Team was held at the Lifelong Learning Center at Kaskaskia College on Tuesday, August 5.  As a result of winning the National Dairy Judging Championship in 2013, the team was invited to judge at two contests held in Scotland and Ireland this summer.

Professor Aaron Heinzmann, the team’s coach and chaperone, accompanied the team on their trip and presented details of the journey along with a slideshow at the reception.

Students honored were Jessica Telgmann (Straburg), Morgan Wendling (Altamont), Brett Woker (Greenville) and Dylan Reed (Vandalia).

The team’s travels began with a flight to Scotland to judge at the Scottish Royal Highland Show, and continued with a driving tour of southern Scotland and northern England where they met local farmers and learned of the prevailing dairy farming practices and changes on the horizon.

The group also visited London and had an opportunity to sightsee the famous landmarks there, including the Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Parliament, and more.  From there, the group journeyed to Wales where they caught a ferry for the three-hour trip across the Irish Sea to Waterford, famous for its crystal ware.  “The weather was exceptionally dry and clear,” Professor Heinzmann said.  “Our tour guide said that the areas are known for rain and thick fog, but we were lucky in that respect.”

In Ireland, the students visited more farms as well as tourist sites such as the Blarney castle, famous for the Blarney Stone.  They travelled to Cork to judge the Charleville Dairy Show, and on to Dublin, the capitol.  The students’ impressions of the trip ranged from very strong coffee and fish for breakfast to the beauty of the Irish countryside and the Ring of Kerry.

“This was a trip of a lifetime,” Professor Heinzmann said.  “These students will grow more and more appreciative of this opportunity as they look back on the memories that they made.”

Certificates of appreciation were given to the students, and were also prepared for the numerous sponsors of the trip, without whose support the trip may not have been possible.


Pictured are KC President, Dr. Jim Underwood, Dylan Reed, Professor Aaron Heinzmann, Jessica Telgmann, Bill Hawley, Chairman of the KC Board of Trustees; Morgan Wendling, and Brett Woker.