Thank you for granting me the opportunity to further my education so I can contribute to the Agricultural Industry after graduation.
My future career goal is to become a dairy nutritionist. My goals have changed in the last year. I was previously a communications major. After my heifer rearing internship last summer, I became aware that I desired to be in the barn, helping producers rather than in an office writing about it. With low milk prices, and dairy farmers needing to learn to do more with less, I hope to be able to help producers make more milk spending less money. My internship last summer also allowed me to visit a large variety of farms, some good, and some not so good. I was able to see, by the growth of of heifers, how cleanliness, good ventilation, and a good herd health program could make a huge difference in how well heifers grew. Having changed my major to animal science-I am loving my classes this year. I will be transferring to main campus to complete my bachelors degree in fall 2019. Having hands on learning, and experience working on a variety of dairy farms has helped me find my passion. I have also had success with dairy judging, having placed second high individual at the All American Dairy Show the last two years. I love judging cattle, and hope to judge county fairs and coach the next generation of dairy judges some day. Having experienced working on a farm with robotic milking and automatic calf feeders, I also have an interest in bringing new technology to the dairy industry. The robotic milking technology has been growing twenty per cent per year, and I have an interest in the new technology as well. I have seen first hand how technology frees the producer from the milk parlor to concentrate on herd health, feed, and breeding, as well as allowing him to spend more time with family. My experiences have opened my eyes to all the possibilities, even in a financially fragile time in the industry.