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|2012 Dairy Intern: Colton Carpenter|
|Features - Students|
Senior, University of Wisconsin - Platteville
Q. What is your dairy background?
I grew up on my family dairy farm, and I have worked here all my life. We started with 60 cows and currently milk a little over 500. We have expanded from a tiestall to a 12-by-12 parallel parlor. I have done everything from feeding calves, milking cows, mixing feed, doing everyday field work and assisting in herd management.
Q. What activities or associations are you involved in?
I am a member of the Darlington FFA Alumni, a 4-H ambassador, a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity at University of Wisconsin - Platteville, and Wisconsin Holstein Breeders Association.
Q. What will your responsibilities be this summer?
I will be relief breeding all over the state of Wisconsin as well as selling semen and products and learning all I can about Accelerated Genetics in their values and goals.
Q. What do you hope to have learned by the end of your internship?
By the end of my internship I hope to have gained knowledge that will help me better my future in the dairy industry as well as in the genetic side of it. I hope to obtain knowledge that I can take back to my home farm and apply to make our herd more productive by developing our herd production and genetics.
Q. What intrigues you most about Accelerated Genetics?
One of the most intriguing things that I have seen about this company is that everyone is so friendly and happy to work for such an outstanding cooperative. Everyone I have talked to has worked there for 10, 20, 30 or more years and has loved every minute of it. Accelerated Genetics treats all of its employees like family even if you are new. I felt more than welcome the moment I set foot in the door.
What also intrigues me is how knowledgeable everyone is in their field. Many of the employees — if not all — are experts in their field of study as well as experts in the knowledge of how the entire company runs. I plan on listening as well as practicing all the techniques that that the Accelerated Genetics employees show me to better obtain as well as gain the knowledge and precision that they have to offer.
Q. What do you think will be the most challenging aspect of your intern duties?
I think the most challenging part of this internship will be learning all the information that Accelerated has gained over the last 71 years and trying to remember and apply it to farms that I will visit. I know I will only be working for Accelerated for three months, but I want to obtain as much knowledge as I can in that short time period and hopefully continue to obtain knowledge and skill even after I return to school.
Q. What do you plan to do following graduation?
After graduation I hope to return to my home farm of Redrock View Dairy and help manage it with my father and mother (Steve and Lisa Carpenter). It has always been my dream and passion to hopefully one day buy into my family farm.
With taking this internship, I feel that I am one step closer to doing so and also one step forward into learning how to better manage a dairy farm.
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