Throughout my life I have been very involved with the dairy industry and agriculture. From the clubs that I am involved, my work promoting dairy products and the fact that three-fourths of my closet is full of cow and dairy-related clothing, dairying is a big part of my life and is something that I absolutely love. While my father was out baling hay for our cows, I was pushing my John Deere tractor with Barbie at the wheel across the green, plush carpets pretending to do the same. From the toys I played with as a small child, chores I had, as I grew older, to making decisions that affect my family’s dairy operation, I am a dairy girl through and through.
I reside on my family’s farm, Ira-Moos Holsteins, along with my parents, John and Becky, and my older brother Cody, where we operate a Registered Holstein dairy. Our farm located, in Middlefield, NY, is family operated with each member having their own responsibilities. My brother assists with the crops on our 225 acres of land when home during his summer breaks from college while I can usually be found in the barn. When I was younger, I wasn’t really all that helpful. I used to go out with my dad to the barn, sit in my little chair and talk to him while he milked. By the time chores were done I was fast asleep and dad would wake me up to feed the calves, a job I still do today.
As I matured, my responsibilities grew. I now milk the cows on my own even though I have trouble reaching the pipeline at the far end of the barn, I take care of cleaning the milk house and make important decisions regarding herd sires and culling, especially on the animals that I own. I also help to register the new calves and work on updating their health records.
My plans include earning a bachelor’s degree in dairy science and graduating from college. With this degree, I hope to pursue a career in the industry, eventually farming on my own. To prepare myself for college, I have strived to do my very best in school. It has not always been easy for me, but because of the hard lessons I have learned on my farm I know that success can be found if you work hard enough at it. I think that the path I have followed and the foundation I have built has prepared me to face my future with confidence. By attending college and earning my degree in Dairy Cattle Management, I will be on my way to an extraordinary journey I will never forget.
I am excited to start writing for Country Folks as the new face for Coby Corner this year! Eventually, I hope to pursue a career in Agricultural Communications. This experience is not only going to help me get there, it will also allow me to connect with all you readers out there. Being the voice of agriculture is extremely important to me. I strive to promote a transparent world of growing the nation’s food. You can follow me each week as I explore new topics, write about my experiences, because I’m always getting into something or traveling somewhere (Ms. Tarvis has read many an email this semester about my absences due to judging and showing my cattle), and I invite you each week to dive in and explore! Until next time!
If you would like to learn more about SUNY Cobleskill’s agriculture programs and club activities, please contact Kim Tarvis at firstname.lastname@example.org.