Thank you so much to the Targeting Excellence sponsors, board, and committees for everything you do and providing scholarships for students in animal agriculture!
My career goals are to obtain a job within the dairy industry working as a calf and heifer specialist, be a strong advocate for agriculture, use science and my experiences to help improve the sustainability of the industry, and to be a part of a company that cares about both people and animals. I became very passionate about the dairy calf and heifer side of the industry while I was pursuing my undergraduate degree at The Pennsylvania State University. I was given the opportunity to gain undergraduate research experience working in a dairy heifer nutrition lab, where I was able to help with calf and colostrum research projects. I started to realize how important early-life calf health and nutrition are to producing efficient and productive lactating cows and improving the sustainability of dairy farms. I would love a career where I get to put the spotlight on the importance of calf and heifer nutrition and health for producers, as well as for the public. I want to work for a company that allows me to accomplish this by consulting with producers, helping them develop effective calf and colostrum management protocols, and assisting with problem resolution. I want to have a hand in current calf research, either with a company at their own research facilities or by partnering with universities. I also would love to be able to communicate with the public and youth about dairy health and nutrition. I want to be an advocate for agriculture, to help the industry progress forward, and increase consumer awareness during a time when agriculture is constantly under fire.