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Isaac Nelson


Year in School: Junior
Major: Animal Science and Food Science
Hometown: Sleepy Eye, Minnesota


Dairy Background: I moved onto my family’s now 160 milking cow dairy farm when I was just under two years old. Like most kids in agriculture, I began working on the farm as soon as I could walk and carry things. I started with the basics like feeding and watering calves and have since learned enough to be able to run the day to day operations in various capacities. Growing up with dairy cows provided me many opportunities that included showing my cows at the Brown County Fair through 4H, the Minnesota State Fair and State Show, and even at World Dairy Expo. Having dairy cows also helped me to become involved with the MN Junior Holstein Association, FFA, and carved my path to attending the University of Minnesota.

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club? Before I had looked into colleges and universities, there were two things I knew about the University of Minnesota: that their mascot was the gopher and there was an organization called the Gopher Dairy Club. The closer I came to graduating high school and attending college, the more I wanted to be a part of the Gopher Dairy Club. When I finally joined the club my freshman year and learned more about the activities and events the club puts on, I knew I wanted to play a role in helping the club and what better way to do that than to run for an Executive position.

How are you involved on campus and in Gopher Dairy Club? In the Gopher Dairy Club I have been on many of the committees and helped to plan the 2019 Gopher Dairy Club Alumni Reunion during the MN State Fair. Additionally, I will be an assistant manager at the Gopher Dairy Bar in the upcoming year and have helped with many of the FFA judging contests by prepping and hauling the cows to and from the judging aren. Outside of the GDC I am a member of the Ag Business club, have been a student representative on the animal science curriculum committee, and am the President and Social Committee Chair at Delta Theta Sigma Fraternity. 


What are your future plans after graduation? Post graduation, I intend to earn my cheesemaking license through the University of Wisconsin - Madison before moving back to my family dairy farm and creating my own brand of dairy products.

If you could be one dairy product, what would you be and why? If I could be one dairy product I would be whole milk because whole milk can be made into a variety of my other favorite dairy products like cheese and butter!