Sarah Lehner

Sarah Lehner

I am honored to be selected as a Targeting Excellence Scholarship Recipient. The support of industry leaders will not only help me achieve my educational and career goals, but will also motivate me to make an impact on the future of food animal agriculture. Thank you for your generosity and support of the future of our industry.

Awards Received

2019 Undergraduate Award (Ohio)
2018 Undergraduate Award (Ohio)

Hometown:

Hometown:

Delaware, OH

School:

School:

Ohio State University

Major:

Major:

Animal Sciences

Career Goals:

Career Goals:

At the age of twelve I was taught to read a sire summary for the first time, and from that
point on, dairy cattle genetics became my passion. After graduating from the Ohio State University in May of 2022, I plan to pursue a career as a Dairy Sire Analyst. In this career I would help dairy farmers produce higher quantities of higher quality milk by seeking out superior bulls to be collected for artificial insemination. With volatile milk prices, it’s vital that cows can steadily produce not just high quantities of milk, but also milk that’s high in components and low in somatic cell count to maximize bonuses. Profitability isn’t all about production either. Cows with high fertility, feed efficiency, and disease resistance have the power to keep expenses low while also improving sustainability through reduced waste of resources. In my future career I hope to breed and discover phenomenal bulls capable of siring this ideal type of cow. Making these genetics affordable and widely available would benefit not just farmers trying to stay afloat, but the industry as a whole as well. When farms are profitable, farmers are more able to invest in improvements to their operations. This means better times for dairy equipment dealers, nutritionists, builders, and more.
Becoming a Dairy Sire Analyst has been a goal of mine for quite some time, but after
traveling abroad, I was inspired to think more globally about my future. After obtaining 10-15 years of industry experience as a sire analyst, I hope to further my career by pursuing a position as an Executive Officer of International Development for a dairy genetics company. This position includes marketing American-developed genetics to other countries. Introducing these quality genetics is not only good for the industry in the United States, but can also be life-changing for farmers that are decades behind in terms of agricultural advancements.
These off-farm goals are extremely important to me, but I also hope to stay as involved as possible on my family’s central Ohio dairy and grain farm. Renovating the farm to implement agritourism and direct marketing of milk and processed dairy products have the potential to help our small farm stay profitable while giving me the ability to educate the public about modern agriculture.
As a Dairy Sire Analyst, Executive Officer of International Development, and potential Farm Manager, I believe I can make a positive impact on the future of agriculture by expanding the quality of genetics available in the United States, helping foreign farmers feed their families and countries, and connecting my passion for dairy farming with the need for consumer education.