Jaylene Lesher

2015 Scholarship Recipient

(Penn)

- Bachelor Degree Award

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Hometown: Bernville, PA

School: Penn State

Major / Species: Animal Science; Minor – Agribusiness Management

Career Goals: 

Growing up on my family’s dairy farm and creamery and involving myself in agricultural youth activities proved to me that I belong in the dairy industry. I enjoy every aspect of my family’s dairy farm from feeding to milking and fieldwork, and my animal science courses at Penn State reinforced my passion for agriculture.  As I went through my classes at Penn State, I considered numerous options of future careers. I considered nutrition,agriculture lending, and dairy genetics. All of these branches of the dairy industry interest me, but I discovered my true passion during my internship last summer.

I had the pleasure of interning for Rosy-Lane Holsteins, LLC in Watertown, Wisconsin where I helped with the herd health program on their 900-cow dairy. They convey great dedication to animal husbandry and agriculture education while being an efficient, profitable business. Working for Rosy-Lane solidified my love for being a dairy producer and being a business manager. It also showed that I have a great opportunity to reach out to consumers through my family’s milk bottling operation and dairy retail store.

My experience in Wisconsin confirmed that I want to be the fourth generation of my family to own the farm and to continue marketing dairy products through our farm market. I want to increase our cow comfort, which will lead to greater cow health and higher milk production. I also want to become more involved in agritourism by opening the farm for tours. It will be a nice compliment to the dairy store by allowing customers to see the entire process firsthand. Overall, I want to help feed our local community by producing a healthy, wholesome product.

My involvement off of the farm demonstrated that there are great opportunities through the agriculture industry to connect and develop future career goals. My hands-on animal science courses at Penn State and dairy contests showed me that the dairy industry has a lot to offer to youth in agriculture, but the one Iam looking forward to the most is the chance to work alongside my family as a dairy producer.