March 07, 2019
College of the Ozarks student wins first place at Midwest Dairy ChallengeDuring the Midwest Dairy Challenge, Team 1 was awarded the top ranking for their evaluation at Hunter Haven Farms. (L-R) Molly Henschel from Lakeshore Technical College, Payton Duitscher from Iowa State University, Jordan Agrimson from University of Minnesota, and Beau Cartwright from College of the Ozarks.
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. —Beau Cartwright, junior animal science and agriculture business major at College of the Ozarks, won first place in the Midwest Dairy Challenge. Four students from College of the Ozarks traveled to Freeport, Illinois, Feb. 13-15 to compete in the event.
A total of 97 students from 19 schools were randomly placed in teams of four to observe and assess local dairy farms. The first day consisted of team building and informational sessions. Each team was given 24 hours to assess the strengths and opportunities of a local farm and prepare a 20-minute presentation for a panel of various experts in the dairy industry. The panel pre-assessed the farms, so the students needed to prepare much more than an eloquent speech to impress the judges.
The three-day event was a great opportunity for students to network, learn from experts, and exercise their knowledge of dairy nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health, and financial management.
“It was definitely a lot of pressure, and it was a shock to win,” Cartwright, said. “I learned more on this trip than I have in any class, and it was a great privilege to meet and talk with professionals and future employers.”
Dairy students at College of the Ozarks receive the opportunity to travel throughout the year.
“We go to a lot of events each year. Fairs and the World Dairy Expo are great events, but this one is probably my favorite,” said Ryan Bilyeu, dairy manager at College of the Ozarks and sponsor for students’ trip. “It really challenges the students to apply what they have learned about how a dairy should run at its best.”
Beau Cartwright, junior animal science and agriculture business major from Rolla, Missouri
Kaedyn Palmer, senior animal science and agriculture business major from Lebanon, Missouri
Jessica Crawley, senior dairy science and agriculture business major from Gravette, Arkansas
Amanda Vance, senior animal science major from Pyatt, Arkansas
About College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.
The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2019. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.
03.07.19 – Johnny Cummings