Thank you to all of the Targeting Excellence Sponsors, Board, and Committees. It truly means the world to students to have such great support from leaders in the agricultural industry that we wish to be a part of some day. This past year has been difficult for us all, but your continued support of students is why so many see hope in agriculture. Thank you!
I have always had a passion for agriculture. Growing up on my family’s dairy farm, I was never happier than when I was out on the farm working with my family. Throughout my youth, I was involved in both 4-H and FFA. I was able to learn a lot more about agriculture through these organizations, and always had the best experiences. Ultimately, this led me to decide on obtaining a degree in agriculture from the University of Minnesota. So far, I have made the most of my time in college, taking leadership roles in several clubs, and continuing to gain experiences in the agriculture industry. This past summer, I had the opportunity to work for Minnesota Select Sires, Inc. My main role for the summer was working with Professional A.I. Technicians. I developed skills in both breeding and heat detection throughout the summer, as well as with the various farm management software programs commonly used in the dairy industry. Besides working with the technicians, I also worked with Genetic Consultants and Area Sales Managers. Genetic consultants work with clients to meet genetic goals of the herd. Some farms utilize on farm assessment of the cows done by the genetic consultants, while others mate by genomic testing or pedigree. Area Sales Managers make sure each customer has everything they need to run their farm. This includes many products from nutrition to reproduction to parlor products. The sales managers also work to gain new customers and sell new products to current customers. The technicians, consultants, and sales managers all worked together at each farm to make sure they were giving the best service possible to help the farm be as successful as possible. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Select Sires, and it is a career I could see myself in for a while. Even in the short time had for my internship, I gained so much knowledge and experience from seeing all the different types of farms and observing multiple roles. While it can be very hard work, I found it very rewarding. I would also be open to other opportunities in areas such as agronomy, nutrition, and even business management. Eventually, I hope to return to my family’s farm. I will use the knowledge I gained from my college education and the experiences in a different part of the agricultural industry to continue to improve my farm both profitably and sustainably. I hope to continue the tradition of dairy farming and care for the land in my family for future generations.