Nicholas Achen


Year in School: Senior
Major: Animal Science
Hometown: Lakin, Kansas


Dairy Background: I hail from a small town in southwest Kansas called Lakin, Kansas! Growing up, my family farms kept expanding ranging in the states Minnesota, Indiana, South Dakota, Iowa, and Kansas. I have lived and worked on dairy farms ranging from 60 cows to a 20,000-heifer replacement feedlot. Furthermore, I have been active in the Holstein, Milking Shorthorn, Brown Swiss, and Jersey breed associations since the age of nine at the local and national level. I served as the National Milking Shorthorn Junior President. I also own the prefix Cherrywood Farm Milking Shorthorns.

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club? I chose to take a leadership and executive position because I wanted to give back to the club that has given me a family away from home. The club has been a big impact on my time as an undergraduate at the University. I also find these opportunities as a great way to serve the dairy industry through networking and shaping the future of the club.


How are you involved on campus and in Gopher Dairy Club? I am in Gopher Dairy Club, a College of Food Agriculture Nature Science (CFANS) Ambassador, and in Alpha Gamma Rho Lambda Chapter. In the Gopher Dairy Club, I serve as the Chair for the Food Agriculture Networking Event (FANE). Additionally, I also served as the Chair for the Clothing committee, which duties include ordering the apparel for the club. I am also a member of the collegiate dairy judging team. My duty for the CFANS Ambassador program is to reach out to current agriculture students along with prospective students. In the Alpha Gamma Rho Lambda Chapter Fraternity, I am chair of the Annual North Star Showdown Heifer and Steer Youth Show.

What are your future plans after graduation? I have decided to feed this energy by using my Bachelor of Animal Science degree then starting a master’s degree next spring in education emphasizing on agriculture and business. This will allow me to obtain the tools to be a Human Resource manager for all my family’s operations and extension researcher. My goal is to line up an internship opportunity for undergraduate students on dairy operations throughout the Midwest on my family’s dairy operations. This would allow the youth to be exposed to large dairy operations and dairy research. I would progress to conduct individual on farm research projects.

What is your favorite dairy breed and why? I like the Milking Shorthorn breed. Not because I grew up showing them, but because they are a breed that has low illness occurrence. I also enjoy the national society’s atmosphere. As a small breed, the breed has many opportunities that allow the juniors and adults to shape the future to the breed. I also enjoy working with a small herd book, so it is very easy to know all the show cows and bull’s pedigrees. 

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