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I belong to... Michigan State Dairy Club: Tera Koebel

PD staff Published on 22 August 2011


Hometown: Three Oaks, Michigan



My dairy background: I was born and raised on my family’s dairy and grain farm where we strive to breed all-around solid production cows with a niche for show animals. We milk about 130 Holsteins and Jerseys, and the farm has been in the Koebel name for four generations.

Year in school and area of study: I am entering my third year at MSU where I study agribusiness management.

If I wasn’t studying agriculture/dairy, I would be ... playing basketball in the WNBA (haha)

I have been a member of the dairy club for ...
two years (since I started at MSU)

I joined our club because ... I had friends in it and wanted to network with other students interested in the dairy industry.

A little-known fact about our club is … we have a club room with shelves specially made by our adviser that hold cow creamers from all over the world donated by alumni.


One of the hardest-working or most well-known members of the club is ... Lauren Bush because she manages all of our finances as well as manages our calf sale, all while keeping things fun and people in order.

My favorite club event is ... the Spartan Spectacular Calf Sale because it allows us all to work and play together out in the barns for a week where irreplaceable memories are made.

An influential alumni whom I’ve met through the club is ...
Sara Long (although I knew her before I came to MSU).

She is helpful/influential because ... she works with the communications department at MSU and helps us to seek out advertising opportunities for our fundraisers.

I hope my legacy as president will be ... that I exposed our members to more exciting and diverse opportunities than they could ever imagine!

My advice to all dairy students is ... to get involved and embrace your time as a student! Do not be afraid to meet new people and attend different events because you never know what opportunities will arise from them.

My future involvement in the dairy industry will include … continuing to own, show and market Holsteins and Jerseys while either working on my family farm or for a company that embraces my passion for the dairy industry. PD


MSU Dairy Club
1290 Anthony Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 355-3699

Members: 50

Number of students in leadership roles or on executive committee: 10 students on the executive board and three advisers

Biggest fundraiser and/or club event: Our annual Holiday Cheese Sale is our largest fundraiser followed by the annual Spartan Spectacular Heifer Sale

Club mission: To develop leadership skills and support and promote the dairy industry with participation in dairy related events