Student Internships

As part of their course requirements, NICC Dairy Science students complete an internship during the summer between their first and second year. This past summer, students could be found all over the Midwest completing their internships on dairy farms, at veterinary clinics and other agriculture companies.

Avery Enyart

Avery Enyart

Avery Enyart of Postville, IA interned at Pattison Dairy of Garnaviillo, IA. This high-producing 700 cow Holstein dairy is owned and operated by Lee Pattison. Avery enjoys equipment as much as he enjoys cows so this summer has been a great experience as he has split time between learning from Herdsperson Jessi Schram caring for the animals and Farm Manager Andy Corlett working to install 12 Lely robots. Avery sees potential for robots on his family farm.

Ryan Guese

Ryan Guese

Ryan Guese, of Postville, IA interned at Crestview Acres in Eastman, WI. This dairy features an amazing tunnel ventilated freestall barn that also includes a pre-fresh and calving area. The lactating herd is milked with 4 Lely robots. Ryan's impressive internship has had him performing all duties of a herdsperson as well maintain the robots. Ryan was mentored by Alan Manning.

Breanna Hakeman

Breanna Hakeman

Breanna Hakeman of Tripoli, IA interned at Granite Holsteins of Fairbank, IA. Owned and operated by Mike and Cassandra Richards, this herd of 100 beautifully-uddered registered Holsteins cows is milked and housed in a newly constructed facility that allows for extremely efficient milk production. With the exception of Breanna this summer, the operation is cared for by 100% family labor. Breanna gained experience in all aspects of the farm, but explained the highlight was being involved in the herd classification. Mike, a 1996 NICC Dairy Science alum, was Breanna's primary mentor.

Karly Hemmerbache

Karly Hemmerbache

Karly Hemmersbach of Waukon, IA interned at Iowa's Dairy Center. Karly was a key member of the summer workforce working both in the parlor and calf barn. She also provided leadership training new employees, many of which did not grow up on a dairy farm. Karly also helped maintain the Dairy Center for hosting the thousands of visitors the center hosted this summer. Karly was mentored by Dairy Foundation staff Gary Lien and Jon Meyer.

Matt Hense

Matt Hense

Matt Hense of Strawberry Point, IA interned with Jeff Vorwald of Edgewood, IA. This farm features a herd of Red and White Holstein cows milked in a tie stall barn. Matt was a primary labor force for the summer therefore gained experience in every area of the farm from caring for the animals to harvesting forage. Matt was able to get away to attend the National Milking Shorthorn Convention in Minnesota and exhibit at multiple shows including the Iowa State Fair.

Becca Hermann

Becca Hermann

Becca Hermann of Manchester, IA interned with Midwest Dairy. Becca is participating in the first year of Midwest Dairy’s Iowa Dairy Ambassador program and has been traveling the state promoting dairy products to consumers at events and celebrations. Highlights of the summer so far have been attending June dairy month events at the Iowa State University dairy farm and at Iowa’s Dairy Center and she is of course anticipating the Iowa State Fair. Becca has been mentored this summer by Midwest Dairy staff Mitch Schulte and Jenna Finch and has found the internship to be an excellent experience as she prepares for a career in dairy processing.

Jacob Hornberg

Jacob Hornberg

Jacob Hornberg of Winona, MN interned with Minnesota Select Sires. Jacob worked southeastern Minnesota proving relief service in multiple locations. Jacob also gained experience many other areas of genetic and reproductive work for Minnesota Select Sires herds including sales, herd analysis and mating, programming herds, advanced heat detection and bred a few beef cows. Jacob, the NICC Dairy Science Club president, was mentored by Paul Tveten, Professional Service Manager.

Hayley Jackson

Hayley Jackson

Hayley Jackson of Frankfort, IN interned for United Animal Health (UAH) of Sheridan, IN. Hayley cared for 64 neonate Holstein bull calves in a beautiful, newly-constructed research facility focused on improving calf health and performance. Hayley monitored weekly weight gains and daily calf starter intakes comparing milk replacer feeding strategies as well as direct-fed microbials currently in the UAH development pipeline. In addition to performing all calf care husbandry tasks including vaccinations, dehorning and maintaining overall sanitation, she also collaborated with UAH research personnel for the sample and data collection associated with isolating and evaluating both pathogen loads and health-related immune markers.

Ryan Kenyon

Ryan Kenyon

Ryan Kenyon of Whitmore, IA interned at Schmitt Dairy Farm of Hawkeye, IA. Owned and operated by Steve and Connie Schmitt, along with their son Lucas and his wife Kaitlyn, this dairy features 240 high-producing Holstein cows where half are milked with two Lely robots. Ryan's primary interest and focus of his internship is to gain experience managing and maintaining a robotic milking system. He has also received exposure to many other aspects to this farm including crops and Holstein steers. Both Kaitlyn and Lucas, who has been serving as Ryan's main mentor this summer, are NICC Dairy Science alum.

Hunter McElree

Hunter McElree

Hunter McElree of West Union, IA interned at Vagts Dairy of West Union. This multi-generation family operation milks 400 registered Holsteins just north of town. Vagt's Dairy features a beautiful clear-span sand bedded freestall barn and an amazing commodity bay/feeding center area. Hunter is gaining experience in all aspects of the dairy including mixing TMR, monitoring feed inventories, herd health, equipment maintenance and repair as well as some milking. Andrew Vagt is Hunter's primary mentor and is an alumni of NICC's Dairy Science program.

Amanda McNally

Amanda McNally

McNally of Winona, MN interned at Metz's Hart-Land Creamery of Rushford, MN. Owned and operated by Jeff and Marianne Metz, this family operation has a mixed herd (Holstein, Jersey, Brown Swiss and Ayrshire) of 200 cows just west of the village of Hart and produces cheese on site. Their specialty is cheese curds and blocks of hard cheese and they have a large distribution area in Southeastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Amanda was mentored in the cheese making process by Jeff and other family members including NICC dairy science alum Alicia Metz.

Graham Ormiston

Graham Ormiston

Graham Ormiston of Heltonville, IN is double majoring in Dairy and Beef Science Technology and interned with Prairie State Select Sires of Hampshire, IL. Graham cared for approximately 60 of the Select Sires beef bulls housed at this facility and gained experience in nutrition, health, handling. Graham worked with numerous industry great sires including Discovery, Comrade, Daybreak and his personal favorite, Acclaim. Graham was mentored by Prairie State’s Production Operations Manager Logan Ridge. Graham will graduate in December 2018 has been offered a full-time position.

Alex Pagel

Alex Pagel

Alex Pagel of Chatfield, MN interned at Shea Dairy of Viola, MN. This immaculate 800 cow dairy just west of town is owned and operated by Tom and Jason Shea and features multiple examples exceptional animal care and milk production. Alex gained experience in all aspects of the dairy, but was particularly involved in calf care and transition cow management. In addition to the owners and their families, Alex was also mentored by herdsman Andy Dick who is an NICC Dairy Science alum.

Eric Richards

Eric Richards

Eric Richards of Fairbank, IA interned at Sco-Lo Holsteins of West Union, IA. Owned and operated by Scott and Lori Cannon, this dairy just north of town features 160 beautiful deep-ribbed registered Holstein cows milked in an impressive double 10 herringbone parlor constructed from the former tie stall barn. Eric was involved in everything from TMR feeding to milking, but his highlight was daily getting to work with the multiple excellent cows from deep cow families that the Cannons have developed. Both John Cannon and Kim Cannon- Lundgren are NICC dairy science alumni.

Charles “CJ” Sachs

Charles “CJ” Sachs

Charles “CJ” Sachs of Eyota, MN interned at Cozy Valley Dairy of Spring Grove, MN. This dairy, owned and operated by the Klug family, features 100 registered Brown Swiss and Holstein cows. CJ was primarily mentored by Matt Klug and gained experience in all day to day activities on the farm, but was particularly valuable during planting and harvest season. CJ also found time to exhibit at numerous shows this summer and will be showing at the Minnesota State Fair open class next week. He is pictured with the Klug's 2017 Reserve Champion Brown Swiss at the Minnesota State Fair and top ten World Dairy Expo cow "Whiskey".

Lexi Willie

Lexi Willie

Lexi Willie of Elkader, IA interned at Pattison Dairy of Garnivillo, IA. Owned and operated by Lee Pattison, this dairy features 700 high-producing Holsteins just north of town. A unique opportunity that Lexi experienced this summer was the renovation of the current facility over to the addition of 12 Lely robots. Lexi was primarily mentored by herdsperson Jessi Schram. Lexi's family produces milk organically and she commented that she was so glad that she took the opportunity at Pattison's so that she now understands another aspect of milk production in the Midwest.

Derek Utecht

Derek Utecht

Derek Utecht of Woodville, WI interned with Nova Holsteins of New Richmond, WI. Owned and operated by Lance and Ryan Kamm, this farm features 200 beautiful registered Holsteins and Jerseys housed in a 95 cow tie-stall barn and new freestall facility. Nova Holsteins currently have approximately 60 cows that have classified Excellent 90 points or higher. Derek has gained experience in all aspects of the dairy but explains working in the purebred industry with the cattle that the Kamms have developed to be the most rewarding. Derek also has been working with the Kamm's show string this summer.

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