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|2012 Dairy Intern: Kayla Wright|
|Features - Students|
Junior, University of Wisconsin – River Falls
Since then I have purchased other dairy cattle with deep pedigrees and utilized embryo transfer to increase my current herd.In addition, I have also competed on judging teams within my county, received gold ratings on dairy proficiencies in FFA and am now a dairy leader in my 4-H club.
Q. In what area are you pursuing a degree?
I'm majoring in agricultural marketing and communications and a minor in dairy science.
Q. What previous internship position have you held?
This is my first internship. In the future I hope to apply for internships with companies such as Hoard’s Dairyman, Holstein World, ABS Global and Wisconsin Holstein News.
Q. What activities or associations are you involved in?
Activities I am currently active in are Dairy Club, Agricultural Education Society, Association of Women in Agriculture, FFA, 4-H, Jr. Holstein Association and the Red & White Association.
Q. What are your internship responsibilities?
My responsibilities this summer entail registering of cattle, writing news releases, articles and sale reports, designing advertisements for the magazine, attend shows and conventions to promote the Red & White dairy cattle.
Q. What do you hope to have learned by the end of your internship?
When my internship is complete, I hope to gain experience writing news articles about featured elite cattle, designing promotional advertisements to promote the industry and to communicate with people of all levels when working with others to complete a task.
Q. What intrigues you most about the company or organization where you’re interning?
While residing on a dairy farm, the dairy cow has opened doors and given me opportunities and responsibilities that I will utilize in the future. This organization reaches out to the Red & White cattle and their breeders that are making a large impact in the industry. It is rewording to promote them both threw advertisements and in person. The dairy cow is near and dear to my heart and this internship will give me the opportunity to promote them at a new level.
Q. What can you do to make a meaningful impact during your internship?
Corresponding with the others in the office has already made an impact. Asking questions and becoming organized has improved our current organization when meeting deadlines. I will also be creating a brochure about awards and activities for the junior members to aid into their involvement within the organization.
Q. What do you think will be the most challenging aspect of your internship duties?
The most challenging aspect during my internship will be keeping accurate notes when interviewing farmers and typing the correct information on registration papers.
Q. What do you hope to do after graduation?
I hope to graduate the spring of 2014. Upon graduation, I hope to market the dairy industry through promotional advertisements and continue breeding a small herd of cattle. I hope to one day to breed and All-American either Red & White or Black and White and continue utilizing embryo transfer and maybe IVF in the future on my cow families.
Q. Why do you want to remain a part of the dairy industry?
I will always be a part of the dairy industry. This industry provides so much towards the economy and the breeders. The dairy cow has strengthened my speaking abilities, created a strong work ethic and introduced me to some of the most intelligent and caring people, whom all share the interest and passion of the dairy cow. I am proud to say that I grew up with a farming background and I hope to continue to promote the agricultural industry in a positive manor to those who are not familiar. PD
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