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.

Michael Allen

Michael Allen

Michael Allen of Dubuque, IA interned this summer at Iowa's Dairy Center. Michael was a key member of the farm management team as he is skilled in several areas of dairy husbandry ranging from the parlor, to the robots, to running equipment. Michael also played an integral role in the preparation and carrying out the annual Breakfast on the Farm this past June that served 1,000 visitors.

Nick Bagge

Nick Bagge

Nick Bagge of Worthington, IA interned this summer at Pattison Dairy of Garnavillo, IA. Owned and operated by Lee Pattison, this farm is one of the top in the Midwest. They milk 700 Holsteins averaging 34,000 pounds of milk per cow annually and is a model for productivity and efficiency. Nick, the 2017-18 NICC Dairy Science Club president, received training in multiple areas as he rotated from the lactating herd, transition barn, calf barns and feeding. During the internship visit, several members of the Pattison Dairy management team expressed they want to hire Nick full-time!

Ashley Baumler

Ashley Baumler

Ashley Baumler of Fort Atkinson, IA is interning at Hei-Bri Jerseys of Hawkeye, IA. Owned and operated by Brian and Heidi Lantzky, this farm features 200 beautiful, registered Jerseys that consistently rank near the top for production at both the state and national level. Both Brian and Heidi are mentoring Ashley in all aspects of dairy husbandry including calf care, vaccinations, IV and herd health. Additionally, Ashley has received exposure to the marketing of their high genetic animals helping to photograph exceptional cows and work with a heifer selling at the National Convention sale this month. Brian and Heidi are NICC alumni and have been inducted into the Hall of Fame in addition to being recognized by the American Jersey Cattle Association and National Dairy Shrine for their success.

Maya Burke

Maya Burke

Maya Burke of Postville, IA interned at the Postville Veterinary Clinic. Maya worked with all of the doctors at the clinic, but spent most of her time mentoring with Dr. Larry A Moore. There, Maya gained experience in many different areas of animal health particularly vaccinations, hoof care and tissue culturing. Maya also has a double major in Beef Science.

Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton of Waseca, MN is interning at Ebert Enterprises of Algoma, WI. Located just 3 miles from Lake Michigan, this 4,000 cow dairy owned by the Randy Ebert family is hosting the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days this week and expects approximately 50,000 visitors to the farm. Features of this dairy include 500 calves on automated calf feeders and an 80 cow carousel parlor where cows are milked in less than 10 minutes! Zach is being mentored by the herdsperson, Megan Plamann, in all aspects of managing a large dairy farm.

Hannah Evert

Hannah Evert interned at Kodesh Dairy in Rice Lake, WI. Owned and operated by Duane and Nancy Kodesh, this 240 cow Holstein farm in Western Wisconsin has beautifully landscaped grounds and meticulously maintained buildings. Hannah worked with the lactating cows in the mornings and calves in the afternoons. This dairy featured an unique conversion of the second story hay mow as they added rubber flooring and tunnel ventilation to raise calves in individual stalls.

Mikayla Gavin

Mikayla Gavin

Mikayla Gavin of Lansing, IA interned this summer at Gibbs' Dairy near Waterville, IA. This dairy, managed by brothers Chris and Shawn Gibbs, milks 400 high-producing Holstein cows and features a impressive dry cow/transition barn and automatic calf feeders. Mikayla is getting experience in all aspects of the dairy from calves to milking and will conclude the summer by riding with a third brother, Dr. David Gibbs, of Postville Veterinary Clinic. Chris, an NICC Dairy Science Alum, and Carrie Gibbs are active at the Dairy Center serving on the board of directors. The cow pictured with Mikayla has the coat color markings of a cow Chris purchased from a Dairy Science classmate Eric Baker in the late 1990's and was productive for over a decade in the Gibbs herd.

Ryan Goedken

Ryan Goedken

Ryan Goedken of Earlville, IA interned this summer with Big Gain Dairy Nutrition of Mankato, MN at their local affiliate in Dyersville. Ryan was mentored by Big Gain employee Brandon Moore as they traveled to numerous dairies in Dubuque and Delaware counties. There, Ryan collected research data on calves being raised on Big Gain products including milk replacer, colostrum, calf starter and supplements. Here he is pictured taking a sample from an automated calf feeder on a client’s farm.

Matt Harnish

Matt Harnish

Matt Harnish of Lancaster, PA is interning back in Pennsylvania at Second Look Dairy also of Lancaster. Matt is involved in all aspects of managing this 120 cow Holstein dairy farm that milks 3 times daily. He is mixing feed, processing fresh cows and assisting with herd health.

Adam Hvitved

Adam Hvitved

Adam Hvitved of Wabasha, MN is interning at Herricks Dairy Farm of Cashton, WI. This century family farm in the beautiful hills of Western Wisconsin features 600 crossbreed cows (Holstein x Brown Swiss x Jersey) producing nearly 1,200 lbs of fat annually. The farm also features a spectacular new neonatal and weaned calf building. Adam has been mentored in all aspects of dairy husbandry for both the lactating cows and heifers by NICC alum Dan Herricks.

Joshua Herricks

Joshua Herricks

Joshua Herricks of Cashton, WI is interning at Roden Echo Valley, LLC in West Bend, WI. This dairy features 700 crossbred cows (Holstein x Swedish Red x Montbeliarde) housed in a newly constructed, cross-ventilated barn. An additional feature of this dairy is their all in - all out approach to raising calves. Josh mentored with this family during the spring of 2017 and has been involved in all aspects of the farm, but has been receiving specific training in feeding and nutrition.

Makaila Klejeski

Makaila Klejeski

Makaila Klejeski of Claremont, MN is interning this summer with Purina Animal Nutrition as a calf research specialist. Stationed out of All American Co-op in Stewartville, MN, Makaila will be monitoring growth rates and health status of calves on multiple dairies throughout Southeastern Minnesota that utilize Purina calf electrolyte and colostrum products. She is pictured here measuring a calf on one of the participating farms, Trailside Holsteins LLC, of Fountain, MN.

Bret Kluesner

Bret Kluesner

Bret Kluesner of New Vienna, IA interned at Einck Dairy near Ossian, IA. Owned and operated by Mike and Steve Einck, this 700 cow family operation features a rolling herd average well above 30,000, beautiful transition/maternity barn and one of the most impressive sand lanes in the Midwest. Bret primarily worked with herdsman Chris Heins on all aspects of managing the dairy herd including insemination, vaccination, and overall herd health.

Tommy Lehmann

Tommy Lehmann

Tommy Lehmann of Durango, IA interned with Accelerated Genetics, in Northeast Iowa and Southeast Minnesota. Tommy received broad based training in many aspects of the AI industry. Tommy served as a relief technician, on a direct service route, large herd reproduction, and animal health products. Tommy has since switched his major to Pre-Veterinary Medicine and plans to transfer to Iowa State University.

Austin Maussen

Austin Maussen

Austin Maussen of Turtle Lake, WI interned at Castell Farms of Almena, WI. Owned and operated by Kevin Splett, this 50 cow registered Holstein dairy allowed Austin to gain experience in all aspects of managing this family farm. Austin milked and fed cows, cared for calves and assisted in harvesting alfalfa. During the internship, Austin has developed goals for his upcoming academic year.

Emily Moses

Emily Moses

Emily Moses of Monona, IA interned at Distant View Farms also of Monona. This 500 cow dairy is owned and operated by the Johamingmeier family and features a manure flush system that is unique to Northeast Iowa. Emily has been mentored by the herdsman Jeff Melcher, an NICC dairy graduate. She has worked in all aspects of dairy from breeding, milking, herd health, calves and feeding.

Brittany Mueller

Brittany Mueller

Brittany Mueller of Strawberry Point, IA interned this summer at Whittle Dairy near Volga, IA. Located in the beautiful valley of the Volga River, Whittle Dairy milks 500 Holstein cows producing a tanker full of milk daily. Brittany has been mentored primarily by owner Mike Whittle in all aspects of dairy husbandry including AI, IV and milk harvest. Mike's wife, Holly, is a NICC Dairy Science alum.

Graham Ormiston

Graham Ormiston

Graham Ormiston of Heltonville, IN is interning at Hackman Dairy near Fort Atkinson, IA. Owned by Dale and Bonnie Hackman, this farm is one of the most picturesque in Northeast Iowa. They milk 600 high producing cows and feature one of the most cow-friendly transition/maternity barns in the Midwest as well as 3x calf feeding. Graham, a Beef Science major that has decided to pick up a double major in Dairy Science, is working one shift daily feeding the nearly 70 heifer calves. He also handles all fresh cows and newborns that occur at that time, which he claims all cows calve on his shift! Additionally, Graham is working on all aspects of herd health for both cows and replacements.

Troy Pasker

Troy Pasker

Troy Pasker of New Vienna, IA interned at E & M Farms of Ossian, IA. This dairy features 600 registered Holsteins housed in well-ventilated, comfortable free stalls. Troy primarily worked with herdsman, Leo Monroe, on all aspects of managing the cow herd including AI, IV and much more. Dustin Egeland (Ag Production) and Tyler Egeland (Dairy Science) of E & M are alumni of NICC.

Taylor Reber

Taylor Reber

Taylor Reber of Kasson, MN is interning at Dakin Dairy Farms in Myakka City, FL. This 2,400 cow dairy processes milk and cheese on the farm and is an agritourism destination where they host tours for the public. There, Taylor has milked in their double 35 parlor and mixed feed which includes their grass silage. She has also worked to improve her IV, AI and vaccination skills in addition to learning more about RFIDs.

Bridget Saxton

Bridget Saxton

Bridget Saxton of Lake Mills, MN interned at Sandy-Valley Farms of Scandinavia, WI. This powerhouse herd of registered Holsteins is operated by Frank, Ruth and Danae Bauer and features high genomic cattle doing 20 IVF collections every two weeks. Bridget spent most of her internship (starting at 2:30 am daily) taking care of the high genetic calves which includes 3x feeding, vaccinations and providing them with a clean, comfortable environment. Bridget also was mentored in the decisions of the farm when selecting high genomic sires to be mated to their top heifers. Bridget believes this will be of great use at her home farm Larcrest Holsteins.

Rachel Selke

Rachel Selke

Rachel Selke of Winona, MN interned this summer at Metz's Hart-Land Dairy, Creamery, and Honey of Rushford, MN. Owned and operated by the Jeff and Mariann Metz, this family operation milks 200 mixed breed cows that processes and markets their own cheese. There, Rachel had the opportunity to work on all stages of the cheese production process. Additionally, she was able to travel to grocery stores and farmers markets and interact with consumers on their cheese products. Alicia Metz is a NICC Dairy Science alum.

Gwen Sprank

Gwen Sprank

Gwen Sprank, Bellevue, IA interned at the Bellevue Veterinary Clinic. Gwen was exposed to numerous practices at the clinic form office, to small animal, large animal and farm calls. Gwen graduated in May with a degree in Ag Business and graduated with her double major in Dairy Science this December.

Kevin Steffen

Kevin Steffen

Kevin Steffen of New Vienna, IA interned this summer at McAllister Family Dairy also of New Vienna. This beautifully landscaped farm features a three-year-old freestall barn and parlor that is as well designed as any in the Midwest. The parlor, spacious alleys, tunnel ventilation and efficient manure handling result in productive, comfortable cows at this impressive dairy. Kevin was mentored by Ted McAllister, an NICC Dairy Science alum, in all aspects of management on the farm from calves to the cow herd. Kevin is the first non-family employee to work on this farm.

Hannah Underbakke

Hannah Underbakke

Hannah Underbakke of Burr Oak, IA is interning at Trailside Holsteins LLCof Fountain, MN. This dairy is owned by Jon & Sharon and Michael & Margaret Johnson and features 600 deep-ribbed, beautifully-uddered registered Holsteins with a herd average well above 30,000 lbs per cow. Hannah is working primarily with the herdsman, Michael, on caring for the high-genetic calves on the farm. In addition to feeding the calves, Hannah is also monitoring growth rates and health status for a Purina research trial.

Brian Zobel

Brian Zobel

Brian Zobel of Traer, IA interned this summer at Adaway Dairy of Waucoma, IA. Owned and operated by the Scott Adams family, this farm features four DeLaval robots milking 240 registered Holsteins. Brian was primarily mentored by NICC Dairy Science alum, Nathan Adams, in all aspects of caring for the cows and robots. Brian was also involved with the crop and equipment side of the farm assisting in harvesting of 1st through 3rd cutting alfalfa.

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