Year in School: Junior
Major: Animal Science
Hometown: St. Peter, Minnesota
Dairy Background: I grew up on my family’s dairy farm where we milk 180 Holsteins, raise replacement heifers, and grow feed and cash crops. I’ve helped with the operation of our farm from a young age, which inspired me to become more involved in the dairy industry. I’ve had a great experience with dairy through 4-H, FFA, and the Junior Holstein Association. Exhibiting cows and heifers from my family’s farm, judging at numerous contests, and attending conventions has taught me many lessons and introduced me to many of my closest friends. I look forward to giving back to these organizations in the future so that youth who share my interests can have the same positive experiences that I had.
Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club? I’ve known about the Gopher Dairy Club for quite some time, and many past leaders in the club have been role models for me. Coming into the University of Minnesota as a freshman, I knew that it was an organization I wanted to be involved in. I’ve enjoyed attending all of the club’s annual events and activities. I decided that I wanted to take on an executive position in the Gopher Dairy Club to continue to uphold its historic involvement and reputation on St. Paul campus and in the dairy industry.
How are you involved on campus and in Gopher Dairy Club?
On campus, I’m involved in Delta Theta Sigma fraternity, National Agri-Marketing Association, Agricultural Business Club, and the Dairy Judging Team. I’ve held numerous exec positions in these clubs and look forward to hopefully competing at the National Dairy Judging Contest this fall. In the Gopher Dairy Club, I serve on the Scholarship Committee and as a co-chair of Gopher Dairy Camp.
What are your future plans after graduation? Upon graduation, I plan to further my education in graduate school or start a career in the dairy industry. I would like to focus on nutrition, genetics, or management to provide a beneficial service to dairy producers. Eventually, I plan to return to my family’s farm as the third generation to manage our herd of dairy cattle.
If you could be one dairy product, what would you be and why? If I could be one dairy product, I would be a Dairy Queen Blizzard because it’s my favorite dairy treat!