KDS Farms, 800 cows
"Dave Lawstuen, Dairy Science faculty, is a veteran dairy professional who teaches a lot of details. He instilled in me that a quality cow is achieved through changing genetics. Seeing our herd improve with genetic selection has added to our longevity, type and net merit. I learned a lot of the basics, coupled with PCDART training that gave me a very good handle on managing cows. Formulating diets and determining the costs of ingredients were valuable learning concepts. I never looked at any other school; we have a state of the art set up here."
Ryan duties include managing the dairy, heifers, and employees, along with making cropping decisions and tracking inventories. His wife Meagan works for MiEnergy Cooperative, they have four children — Kenzie, Bryce, Dayne (pictured), and Harkin.
Kate (Kious) Root
De-Su Holsteins, 1600 cows
"Before I enrolled in the Northeast Iowa Community College Dairy Science program, I learned while working on a dairy farm. I truly enjoyed having the dairy herd at Iowa's Dairy Center to continue my hands-on learning."
Kate is the assistant herd manager for De-Su Holsteins where she manages the reproduction work for the 1,600 cow dairy.