Dairy Students Take the Gold At North American Intercollegiate Challenge
By Beth Potier, Media Relations
April 25, 2007
Bottom L-R: Maggie Powers, Meghan Tremarche. Top L-R: Meghan McGarr,
Peter Erickson, Holli Pinard.
A team of UNH students won a gold award at the sixth annual North American
Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge (NAIDC) last month (March 30 – 31)
in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Peter Erickson, associate professor of dairy science, coached the students:
Maggie Powers, a senior dairy management major from Swansea, Mass.;
Meghan Tremarche, a junior dairy management major from Watertown, Mass.;
Meghan McGarr, a senior dairy management major from King Ferry, N.Y.;
and Holli Pinard, a senior animal science/pre-veterinary major from
Co-hosted by Iowa State University and South Dakota State University,
the NAIDC fielded 29 four-person teams from the U.S. and one team from
Canada. The competition enables students to apply theory and learning
to a real-world dairy.
On the first day of the challenge, each team received information about
a working dairy, including production and farm management data. After
an in-person inspection of one of four designated dairies, participants
interviewed the herd managers.
Then each team developed a farm analysis and presentation materials,
including recommendations for nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures,
animal health, housing and financial management. Team members presented
recommendations to a panel of judges on the second day.
“The NAIDC is a great way to network with potential future employers,” said
“The UNH students did extremely well, they utilized knowledge
gained from their UNH classes and their farm experience to put together
a program for the dairy producer that will result in increased profitability
for his business,” said Erickson. “Their hard work paid
The North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge was established
as a management contest to incorporate all phases of a specific dairy
business. It strives to incorporate a higher-learning atmosphere with
practical application to help prepare students for careers in the dairy
industry. For more information, go to www.dairychallenge.org.