Junior, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Q. In what area are you pursuing a degree?
Progeny Promotions Intern with ABS
Based in DeForest, Wisconsin
Q. What is your dairy background?
I don’t come from a dairy background, but with the help of my brother and many others I got involved in the dairy industry at an early age. Now my brother along with his wife and I own Car-Cor Holsteins and milk 65 cows since April 2011.
I'm majoring in dairy science.
Q. What previous internship positions have you held?
I was the UW-Madison dairy science communications and marketing intern.
Q. What activities or associations are you involved in?
On campus I am involved in the University of Wisconsin – Madison Dairy Judging Team, Association of Women in Agriculture, Badger Dairy Club and National Agri-Marketing Association. I am also the chairman for the Wisconsin Holstein Association Junior Activities Committee.
Q. What are your internship responsibilities?
I'm responsible for tracking and preparing ABS Global progeny for picturing opportunities. I also help to coordinate daughter tours.
Q. What do you hope to have learned by the end of your internship?
I hope to gain knowledge of how ABS provides the advance genetics that they do on a day to day basis and what work goes into such a large stud company.
Q. What intrigues you most about the company or organization where you're interning?
I love how the company always wants to advance and grow in their business. They are also engaging and keep the employees in the know with what is going on which is appreciative.
Q. What can you do to make a meaningful impact during your internship?
To get as much data from the field on young sires so they can graduate bulls faster because of real-world data the employees and customers can see.
Q. What do you think will be the most challenging aspect of your internship duties?
Always being on the go, but I love to be busy and with the great co-workers that I have I will not have a problem.
Q. What do you hope to do after graduation?
I will graduate in May 2014, and after I hope to attain a job in the dairy industry and I am open to many possibilities in the field.
Q. Why do you want to remain a part of the dairy industry?
I will definitely be a part of the dairy industry because it is an ever-growing industry that always has new opportunities for anyone on a day to day basis. Without the dairy industry I would not be the same person that I am today. PD
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