Hi, there!

Happy Halloween! As we head into cooler temperatures and the holiday season, we are staying busy at Iowa’s Dairy Center! We had a great time at World Dairy Expo at the beginning of the month. The Northeast Iowa Community College dairy judging team found great success at the World Dairy Expo contests. Learn more about the team below. Be on the lookout for upcoming opportunities for students, farmers, and community members at Iowa’s Dairy Center!


Brenna Connelly
Coordinator, Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation

What's Happening at Iowa's Dairy Center

Save the Date: Drive-Thru Santa on the Farm 

Dec. 8 | 5-7 p.m. | Iowa’s Dairy Center

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be coming to town, or should we say to the farm! Iowa’s Dairy Center will be hosting a Drive-Thru Santa on the Farm event where attendees will be able to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus from their vehicles. The drive-thru route will loop through the farm’s freestall barn to see a close-up view of the milking cows. Visitors will enjoy milk and cookies served right to their vehicles and receive a dairy goody bag! Stay tuned for more information.

2023 NICC Dairy Judging Team

Updates from World Dairy Expo Judging Contest

By: Blake Courtney 

The 2023 World Dairy Expo Post-Secondary Dairy Judging Contest is in the books, and a very successful one it was for the Northeast Iowa Community College Dairy Judging Team! The team consisted of team members Peyton Luehmann, Cheyanne Troendle, Rebecca Schumann, and Kaylee Ferfecki. For three of the four team members, this was the first major contest that they participated in. As classes resumed this fall, these second-year students as well as some first-year students started practicing 3-4 placings classes and a few reasons classes at each of our practices held at various farms in Northeast Iowa.

The judging team and I would like to thank and highlight the farms that helped us achieve success this fall: 

  • The NICC Dairy Center – Calmar, IA - Holstein and Jersey cows and heifers
  • The Youth Dairy Classic Show – Manchester, IA – Cows and heifers of All Breeds
  • Prairie Moon Guernseys, The Sivesind Family – Waukon, IA - Guernsey cow classes
  • Moneek View Farms, Glen and Kathy Ohloff Family – Castalia, IA - Holstein cow classes

These farms were extremely helpful in preparation for the WDE contest. We are so thankful for the farms’ willingness to host us, and allowing us to see some high-quality cattle and high-quality classes for practicing. Without them, none of this would be possible! 

The World Dairy Expo Judging Contest took place on 2 separate days in Madison, Wisconsin, with the first day being the Practical Contest, and the following day being the Traditional Contest. The highlighted results from the Practical Contest include:

  • 2nd Place Team - Registered Pedigrees
  • 4th Place Team – Matings

There were 11 Post-Secondary Teams and 38 individuals that competed in the Traditional Contest. The highlights of the Traditional Contest include:


  • Kaylee Ferfecki – 4th Individual
  • Rebecca Schuman – 12th Individual
  • Peyton Luehmann – 17th Individual
  • 4th Place Team

Brown Swiss:

  • Kaylee Ferfecki – 6th Individual
  • Cheyanne Troendle – 17th Individual
  • 5th Place Team


  • Rebecca Schumann – 20th Individual


  • Peyton Luehmann – 9th Individual
  • Cheyanne Troendle – 10th Individual
  • Kaylee Ferfecki – 18th Individual
  • 3rd Place Team


  • Kaylee Ferfecki – 10th Individual
  • Cheyanne Troendle – 16th Individual
  • 5th Place Team

Milking Shorthorns:

  • Kaylee Ferfecki – 15th Individual
  • Peyton Luehmann – 20th Individual

Red & White Holsteins:

  • Kaylee Ferfecki – 4th Individual
  • Cheyanne Troendle – 20th Individual

Overall Placing Standings:

  • Kaylee Ferfecki – 15th Individual
  • Cheyanne Troendle – 20th Individual

Reasons Standings:

  • Kaylee Ferfecki – 5th Individual
  • 5th Place Team

Overall Standings – Placings & Reasons:

  • Kaylee Ferfecki – 6th Individual
  • 5th Place Team

It has been very rewarding for me to watch these students prepare for the contest, enjoy time together talking and getting to know them, as well as grow as our future leaders in the ag/dairy industry. I am very thankful for the opportunity to coach such high-quality students!

– Blake Courtney



Northeast Iowa Community College Honoring Outstanding Alumni and Retiree

This November, Northeast Iowa Community College will celebrate nine alumni and a retiree for their outstanding career achievements and exemplary service to their communities. Read more.

NICC Names Amy A. Lasack Vice President of Business and Community Solutions 

Northeast Iowa Community College has named Amy A. Lasack vice president of Business and Community Solutions. She begins the new role at NICC on Nov. 13. Business and Community Solutions is the customized training, workforce development and continuing education division of NICC, offering a variety of education and training options for businesses and individuals to obtain or advance their skills. Read more.

Upcoming Agriculture and Animal Program Preview Day 

Friday, Nov. 3 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Iowa’s Dairy Center

Interested in pursuing a career in agriculture? Check out the Ag & Animal Program Preview Day in Calmar. This program preview day is designed for students interested in programs in Agriculture and Animal Science fields.  Speak with professors to learn more about the Agriculture Business, Agronomy, Animal Science, Beef Science, Dairy Science, and other programs that are offered at NICC. Read more.

Industry News

Pop-up milk and cereal bar wows Iowa State University students. Read more.

Women in Ag Leadership Conference Registration Is Live. Learn more.

Washington Dairygrams: October 2023. Read more.

Veterinarians to Discuss Dairy Lameness during Nov. 9 Webinar. Learn more.

Board Member Feature

Alisha Sedlmayr

I grew up in Michigan out in the country. We had more of a hobby farm when I was growing up, with some chickens, meat rabbits, a few horses, and a garden. When it came time for college, I was recruited to play volleyball at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa and enjoyed all 4 years there. I now work for the Natural Resource Conservation Service as the Soil Health Specialist for the NE Iowa area. My husband and I reside in Elgin, Iowa with our two dogs. I enjoy gardening, cooking, playing sports, and spending time outdoors with my husband and our dogs.

We are excited to welcome Alisha to our board! 

Calendar of Events

Visit our website to see all upcoming events and continuing education courses.

Agriculture and Animal Sciences Program Preview
Nov. 3 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Iowa’s Dairy Center

Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation Board Meeting 
Nov. 17 | 12 p.m. | Iowa's Dairy Center

Artificial Insemination Class
Nov. 28 - 30 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Iowa’s Dairy Center

Santa on the Farm Event
Dec. 8 | 5 - 7 p.m. | Iowa's Dairy Center

Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation Board Meeting 
Dec. 15 | 12 p.m. | Iowa's Dairy Center

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