Hamburg native interning in Colorado
Chelsey Anderson loves horses, so it’s only fitting that the Hamburg, Iowa, native and Southeast Community College student be interning at an equine training and breeding operation.
Anderson, a graduate of Fremont Mills High School, is in the livestock focus within SCC’s Agriculture Business & Management Technology program on the Beatrice Campus. She’s interning this quarter at Holmes Cutting Horses in Longmont, Colo.
My official job title is a loper, Anderson said. I'm responsible for getting horses ready for the trainer by saddling them and warming them up. I also have to be aware of basic health management for the horses.
Anderson, who is working toward a career in the livestock and equine management industry, said she’s learned a lot during her 10-week experience.
I have learned, and am seeing, how to operate a very large and successful equine training and breeding operation, she said. I am also learning the different techniques and styles of riding.
Anderson mentioned two classes at SCC that prepared her the most for this experience.
SCC's Animal Health class prepared me for my internship by teaching me the proper ways to give shots and all the different kinds of diseases in the equine species,” Anderson said. Also, by taking the Animal Breeding class, I knew how to AI (artificially inseminate) and the different cycles of a mare.
Fairbury native interning in New Zealand
Blake McGee isn’t on vacation, but at times the Southeast Community College student feels like he’s on one in New Zealand.
McGee, an Agriculture Business & Management Technology student from Fairbury, is spending the spring quarter in a cooperative experience for Kaitoa Herford Stud, a cow-calf, seed-stock and finished beef operation 50 minutes from Dannevirke, New Zealand. Phil Barnett is the owner. McGee is responsible for the daily management of the operation.
“Phil runs around 5,000 acres of ground on Te Mangahuia Station near Akitio,” McGee said. “He runs more than 500 head of cattle and 10,000 head of sheep. The operation is run by two shepherds and Phil. The operation consists of cow/calf (both purebred Hereford and commercial cows), seed-stock bulls, and finishing beef. The sheep operation is the same without the ram sales. We are about 10 minutes from the Pacific Ocean.”
McGee’s focus at SCC is agribusiness.
“Phil is a great person who is letting me be involved in all aspects of beef production in New Zealand,” McGee said. “It’s really a beautiful country.”
McGee said SCC prepared him well for the cooperative experience.
“SCC gave me a great background in livestock production, especially the business side of production,” he said.
McGee said he was grateful to SCC for giving him the opportunity to experience the world of beef production in New Zealand.
While he’s yet undecided on a career, he is looking to work for the United States Department of Agriculture, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, or the Farm Service Agency office around Fairbury.
“Don’t be afraid to intern far from home,” McGee said. “The experience is worth the effort.”
Crete native completing internship near Eagle
Jacob Nerud’s internship this quarter at Great Plains Livestock Consulting near Eagle has taught him a lot about the world of livestock nutrition.
Nerud is a graduate of Crete High School and a student in Southeast Community College’s Agriculture Business & Management Technology program on the Beatrice Campus. His focus area is diversified agriculture.
At Great Plains, Nerud has designed feed tags and has learned more about beef profit tracking and how to formulate feed rations.
“I’ve learned a lot about livestock nutrition in a business setting,” he said.
Nerud said non-agriculture classes at SCC helped prepare him for his internship.
“I discovered that those classes are important,” he said. “The pre-internship class also gave me experience through mock interviews.”
Nerud said he hopes to one day work full time for Great Plains. Internships, he said, are an important part of the process.
“Never be afraid to explore what’s out there in the agriculture industry,” he said. “And do an internship. I never thought I’d have a future with the kind of business that I’m interning with.”