Taneytown woman is on prize UM team

November 30, 1995|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A Taneytown woman was a member of the University of Maryland's dairy judging team that took first place at the senior collegiate judging contest in Louisville, Ky.

Marie Speak, a junior at the University of Maryland College Park, was one of four students who won the award Nov. 5. The contest involves comparing dairy cows and ranking them based on characteristics that should show whether they will produce a lot of milk.

Contestants must also clearly explain their reasons for the rankings to the judges.

This prize marks the first time a team from the University of Maryland has won first place at the North American International Livestock Exposition. The team also earned first in oral reasons, second in judging Ayrshire and Holstein breeds, third in judging Guernseys, fifth in Jerseys and ninth in Brown Swiss.

Ms. Speak, who was a member of the national champion Maryland 4-H dairy cattle judging team in 1993, placed 17th out of 64 contestants in the individual competition. She ranked fourth in oral reasons and second in judging Guernseys. Other members of the collegiate team were Sean Johnson and Mark Iager of Howard County and Robert Fogle of Frederick County.

During the competition, members of this year's Maryland 4-H dairy cattle judging team, including Kristin Myers, 14, of New Windsor, placed fifth overall. Other team members were Emily Birch, 16, of Baltimore County; Erin Feuillet, 16, of Montgomery County; and Amy Iager, 15, of Howard County.

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