February 25th-27th, the University of Georgia Dairy Science Club hosted the Southern Regional American Dairy Science Association Student Affiliate (ADSA-SAD) event. One of the largest groups to date, this year’s southern ADSA-SAD event had over 80 students and advisors from nine different colleges/universities – West Virginia University, Virginia Tech, NC State, University of Kentucky, University of Florida, Louisiana State University, Clemson University, Berry College, and the University of Georgia.
Schools rolled into town Thursday afternoon and events immediately began. Thursday afternoon at 5:00 – the group toured the new UGA Veterinary Hospital and followed with dinner, ADSA-SAD officer nominations, and a group of “Dairy Fun Night” games that ended with a heifer relay and a competitive game of pop the udder.
Friday morning was competition day. The morning started early at 8:00 AM with officer interviews followed by Foods Presentations and Production Presentations. Breaks allowed for tours of the Animal and Dairy Science Department’s Large Animal Research Unit (LARU) and Meat’s Lab. Lunch was great “chimera” beef sausage/pork loin from Dr. Silcox. The afternoon began with Original Research Presentations and was followed by intense battles of Quiz Bowl. That night, we rented the iconic Grill Restaurant in downtown Athens for dinner and then went ice skating at the Classic Center.
Saturday morning at 6:45 had us setting out on a charter bus and vans for farm tours. First stop was the Coble’s Dairy – Harmony Grove that boasts tunnel ventilated barns and automated calf feeders. Stop two was a stark difference with the Birdsville Dairy grazing platform owned by Beryl Landis where the group saw mob feeding of calves and a rotary parlor. Lunch was served up at the Burke Co. extension office courtesy of Southern Swiss and the Franks’ family. Following lunch, the group toured Hillcrest Dairy, which boasts the highest RHA in the state of Georgia.
With the busy day, there was a small break before the group was headed off to the Saturday night banquet. The banquet was held at Flinchum’s Phoenix with a super lineup of guest speakers. Mr. Everett Williams (president of GA Milk Producers) and Mrs. Carol Williams (president of GA Dairy Youth Foundation) provided insight on their path into the dairy industry and key pointers or pieces of advice for our young people as they move forward with careers in agriculture.
The UGA Dairy Science Club would like to thank all of our sponsors, host farms, speakers, judges, participating schools, and supporters of this event. The theme was #sharethemooment
UGA’s Shining Moments:
Kayla Alward won the Original Research Presentation with her talk titled “Correlation between teat end scores and presence of mastitis in the UGA dairy herd”
Nathan Webb was elected president of Southern ADSA-SAD
We were second in Quiz Bowl
We had the highest ranked website
We had the second highest ranked scrapbook
We were the second place chapter overall