Today Professor Miriam Weber Nielsen from Michigan State University brought her Introductory Dairy Cattle Management class to our farm.
They make a yearly visit, and every year the students are always engaged and interested. Great conversations!
Kris and I talked about our farm, and the students had specific questions - different than what people not involved in agriculture ask - like what pasture grass we grow, if the calves ever suck on each other, what specific feed we use, the benefits of pasture, about growing our own feed, what kind of illnesses the calves get, how we work with natural bull breeding, etc.
They all have different interests too - one student came from a 50-cow dairy farm, and she wants to be involved in cow care. Another came from a farm but wanted to learn all about cropping, because it's new to him. Another wanted to work somewhere like the MSU extension office.
Miriam also mentioned to the students that part of the reason she brings a class to our farm is because Kris and I are good communicators. All that talking I did through all my college classes is finally seen as a positive, instead of a negative! If you wait long enough ...
Thanks again to Dr. Weber Nielsen and our beloved MSU! If you ever need us to take this bus to football games, we're in.
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