Thank you for selecting me to be a recipient of the Targeting Excellence scholarships. My name is Megan Lauber, and I am from Union Grove, WI where I attended Union Grove High School. Currently, I am junior at UW-Madison studying dairy science with a certificate in agricultural business management. My passion for the dairy industry began working on my family’s 60-cow registered Holstein herd. I chose this major because I want to continue to be involved in the dairy industry, and hope to aid producers by improving their calf and heifer programs. On campus I am involved in many different organization such as the National Agri-Marketing Association, Badger Dairy Club, and the Association of Women in Agriculture. In addition, I also assist with research in the Lactation Biology lab in the dairy science department.
This scholarship will allow me to continue to be very active in the organizations that I am a part of as well as continue to help conduct research. Thank you again for your generosity, I truly appreciate the support!
Thank you, and On Wisconsin!
Hometown: Union Grove, WI
School: University of Wisconsin – Madison
Major / Species: Dairy Science with Certificate in Agricultural Business Management
Career Goals: My career goal is to work in the dairy industry as a dairy nutritionist focusing on calves and younger heifers. I want to work with dairy producers to maximize their calf and heifer programs to increase their calves average daily gain, hip height, and improve their immunity. By solidifying these aspects in a producer’s heifer program, this will allow the herd to reach its full genetic potential, and lead to increased milk production. While working to improve the care of calves and heifers in the dairy industry, I also plan to continue to raise my own Holstein cattle, and continue to breed for high type and high milk producing cows. Throughout college I have been active on my family’s 60-cow Registered Holstein herd, and plan to remain active on my family’s operation. Along with striving to accomplish my own personal goals, I want to help others interested in agriculture pursue their dreams. I want to continue to give back to the community to continue to promote agriculture through helping the local 4-H and FFA groups. 4-H not only gave me the opportunity to show dairy cattle and do what I love, but it helped shape who I am today, and gave me the tools to be a successful leader. Further I want to continue my involvement in the Wisconsin Holstein Association, and help younger showman in my area become involved in the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association.