By Carmen Haack
This summer I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve as the summer intern for UW Extension in Kewaunee County. I was very excited to learn of the opportunity because of the work I did with Extension in my 4-H career. I have experienced and learned many new things throughout the past 3 months. My favorite part of the summer was the behind the scenes look I got at Farm Technology Days, and watching the countless volunteers come together to pull off such a great event. Along with Farm Technology Days I have also worked on many other projects throughout the summer. I began my internship doing alfalfa scissor clippings throughout Kewaunee and Door counties. It was certainly interesting for me to see the positive effects the lake has on crop value in our area. I also got the opportunity to meet and chat with farmers around the area.
My favorite adventure of the summer was traveling around to area farms to complete a survey that analyzed the calves of dairy operations. The survey is technically known as an Intuitive Cost of Production Analysis (ICPA) and compared costs of automatic feeding operations to a similar sized standard individual feeding program. I have been a lover of calves since the day I set foot on a farm, so I knew this project would be extremely interesting to me.
As I close out my time at UW Extension in Kewaunee County, I look back and realize that the most valuable part of my time here has been the people I’ve met along the way. From local farmers, to farm tech days volunteers, we are each a small part of a pretty amazing little community. Connections like these will stick with me into my future endeavors, and hopefully someday into my dairy career!
As for my future, I will soon be entering my sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin Madison where I am pursuing a degree in dairy science with a certificate in agricultural business management. Attending my dream school and being able to learn about something I’m extremely passionate about are truly a blessing to me.
Having the opportunity to intern with UW Extension allowed me to learn a lot while staying close to home. This situation was ideal for me, and I could not be more thankful for all I’ve learned throughout the course of this summer!