McGill has sent four of its top students in the Farm Management and Technology (FMT) program at Macdonald Campus to compete in the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge (NAIDC), from April 12–14 in Visalia, California. Visalia is in the San Joaquin Valley, one of the most productive agricultural areas in the US, about 310 km north of Los Angeles.
Martha Mackinnon, Craig Waddell, Thomas MacDougall and Véronique Brisson are members of the Macdonald Dairy Challenge Club of the Macdonald Campus Student Society (MCSS) representing McGill at the Dairy Challenge.
“The students act as consultants for dairy farmers,” says Christian Molgat, FMT lecturer and team coach. “Teams present management recommendations to a panel of industry experts, and the host farm family. The Dairy Challenge experience has true value for students since almost all of them will be going into the dairy industry.”