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My desire is to shed some light on dairy calf nutrition and development. I want to share with others the benefits of the dairy industry, scientific progress made in the field, and developments within the production community. One thing that makes me very passionate about research is posing a question and designing a project to gain insight. It is thrilling being a part of the progression of the dairy industry. Calf and heifer nutrition interests me because of how cutting edge it is in academia and the industry. There is a lot left to learn about calf and heifer nutrition; for example, the optimum pre-weaning diet, forage consumption pre-weaning, the best weaning strategy, what changes are occurring in the rumen on a microbial level, etc.
Nowadays, there are many false claims made about food production, making it difficult to determine what popular opinions are scientifically supported. I know just how important it is to educate the consumers and the future leaders of the industry with facts, not misconceptions. I would love to be able to pass my knowledge and experiences on to others, whether that be farmers, students, or the public. This will help ensure a bright future for the dairy industry.
I plan to make these admirations a reality by working as a dairy calf and heifer nutritionist for an animal health or nutrition company. I want a career that allows me to have a role in the research and development of products in order to benefit dairy cattle. I would like to share the knowledge gained from that research to aid farmers and educate future generations of agriculturalist both locally and globally.