I would like to thank the TE Sponsors, Board & Committees for selecting me for this scholarship award. It is truly an honor to receive this recognition towards my future in agriculture.
I grew up on my family’s 2,800 cow dairy farm where I am the sixth generation to work on the dairy. I have worked in administrative and calf care roles along with my current position as assistant herdswoman. I recently accepted an internship with Lamb Farms in Oakfield, New York. Lamb Farms operates multiple dairies similar to the size of my own herd. They are also heavily involved in advanced genetics, including type and genomics. From this experience I hope to gain extensive knowledge in the management of genetics, dairy systems, reproduction and nutrition programs. Someday, I want to utilize some of their practices on my own operation. On campus, I serve in multiple leadership roles and I have used these positions to develop my management skills with hopes of one day becoming the dairy herd manager on my family’s farm. Upon graduation, I intend to return home to my family’s dairy farm to be a full-time herdswoman where my duties will revolve around cow care in milk quality, nutrition, reproduction and health focuses. After this role, I hope to transition into the dairy herd manager position, using the perspective I gain from working with the herd everyday.