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I am proud to say I have chosen a career in agriculture, and I will graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science and Animal Health Specialization from The Ohio State University. More specifically, the field of agriculture that I have chosen to pursue is Artificial Insemination (AI) where I will be mainly working with dairy cattle. Livestock producers want to improve the production, health traits, fertility and longevity of their dairy cattle by using a balanced approach to breeding, and it is even more essential with the food industry being one of the largest and most important industries in the United States. Plus, the demand for food continues to increase because of the growth in world population as well as the need for U.S. agricultural exports. As an Artificial Insemination technician, I will be playing a significant role in the herd’s genetic success so livestock producers can improve the production, health traits, fertility and longevity of their dairy cattle. In addition, I will be able to extend the usefulness of a superior sire and increase the rate of conception in females which will then eliminate the need to purchase and maintain a sire. Another key factor is the herd’s breeding records will be more precise using AI. Ultimately, AI breeding gives herdsmen a wide variety of choices in selecting the genetics that will continue to improve their herds, and also their milk production.