MJC's Dairy Judging team takes 3rd place at the Wold Dairy Expo in Madison Wisconsin. The Dairy Judging team is comprised of Joya Lemos, A.J. Vaz, Michael Davis, and Mark Vieira. The team is coached by MJC Dairy Science instructor Bill Hobby. They competed against thirteen other colleges in the International Post-Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest on September 29th. Modesto placed 3rd with 2,089 points. Morrisville State College won the event (2,169 points) followed by SUNY Cobleskill (2,104 points). Fellow California School, Merced College placed 4th behind Modesto with 2,042 points.
A.J. Vaz finished third high individual with 725 points, only seven points away from placing first. He placed in the top five in every breed. Vaz earned All American by finishing in the top ten. Joya Lemos scored 685 points finishing 12th overall, just four points from finishing in the top ten and earning All American. Lemos earned high Individual in Brown Swiss. This is Lemos's first year Dairy Judging. Mark Vieira placed 14th with 682 points and Micheal Davis placed 23rd. There were a total of 48 individuals in this competition.
"Out goal was to have two All Americans and place in the top three high teams" stated Coach Bill Hobby. Continuing to sat: "This was the most difficult contest I have seen in eleven years of coaching, this was huge for us"
MJC Dairy Judging team has now placed 3rd, 1st, and 3rd in three competitions this year. Modesto competes in the Post-Secondary division against other Community Colleges from around the country. In the Madison show, a team from South America competed against MJC. MJC has won a total of nine national championships and is know across the country as having one of the best schools for dairy judging.