Katherine GAthje


Year in School: Senior

Major: Agricultural Communication & Marketing
Hometown: Richmond, Minnesota


Dairy Background: I grew up on my family's 70 cow dairy farm. It is a family effort since my parents are both full-time farmers and raised their six children on the farm. Growing up, I gained an interest in showing dairy cattle through 4-H. I was successful in competing in dairy quiz bowl and held many leadership roles 4-H and FFA. I was also a 2018 Princess Kay of the Milky Way Finalist which allowed me to connect with dairy consumers at the state fair and other promotional events. I served as the Minnesota Industry Relations Intern with Midwest Dairy in the summer of 2019. In that role, I was able to attend several events and help with the state fair which further expanded my knowledge and passion for sharing the story of the dairy community.

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club? I wanted to be on the executive team for the Gopher Dairy Club because I knew that serving the club would be a benefit to me as a leader and as a person in general. I also feel that I can benefit the club with my skills and I want to see the club be as successful as possible.

How are you involved on campus and in Gopher Dairy Club? I am a member of Beta of Clovia Sorority, the collegiate dairy judging team, and the MN Royal Executive Team. In the Gopher Dairy Club, I serve on the scholarship committee and am the President. I am also chair of the Banquet committee and have served as chair of the Alumni committee.

What are your future plans after graduation? I hope to work in marketing and public relations for a dairy cooperative or checkoff organization. I hope to be an advocate for dairy farmers and agriculture as a whole.


What is your favorite dairy breed and why? Holsteins! I was raised on a farm with Holsteins and I have had great experiences as part of the Minnesota Junior Holstein Association where I saw how far my passion for dairy cattle could take me. 



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