The Internship of a Lifetime By Anna Whitt, Intern, GENEX
Never would I have imagined the opportunity to travel out west for a summer, much less participate and become more educated on what I truly care about: breeding cattle and all the factors that go with it. However, being the GENEX Beef Intern gave me that opportunity and more. Coming from a smaller, 40-head black Angus herd in Spring Hill, Tennessee, I never realized how different things are out west! The fast pace, hard work, dedication and care for cattle that goes into artificial insemination (A.I.) breeding projects is more than I ever imagined. Additionally, knowing synchronization protocols and bull EPDs are major factors that create the desired genetics producers want in their herds. Throughout the internship, I was often asked, “What’s your favorite place you’ve been so far?” I can honestly say I didn’t have a favorite. I saw mountains, valleys, hills and
canyons. I was around all ages, sizes and breeds of cattle. One thing was certain, though: I met so many wonderful people along the way who share a love for cattle. My first week was spent in Missouri, and it is something I will never forget. GENEX employees Tammy Wallace and Ed Creason took me under their wings and taught me the ropes, all while remaining patient and supportive when I asked for help. Every time I think of Nebraska, I smile. While working with the GENEX team – Gail Rippe, Troy Carruthers, Matt Dolezal and Nic Schilling –
I learned breeding tricks and new jokes to share. I also gained friendships I know I’ll always have. Dorothy wasn’t kidding when she said there’s no place like home, and I found just that in Kansas with Dustin Wootten, Justin Hergenreder and Ron Hinrichsen. I also had the opportunity to ride with Shane Schaake on his liquid nitrogen routes. During this time, it made my heart happy when a producer would proudly show off their herd. In a way, I saw it as a “pat on the back” for GENEX because we helped them achieve the genetics they desired in their calves.
HORIZONS Beef Edition