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Department of Animal Science|College of Agriculture and Natural Resources


1401 600TH ROAD





August 19, 2013

Plum Thicket Farms is seeking two summer interns for 2014. We are a diversified operation, running 280 cows and farming 2300 acres. We calve in May while the cows are on annual rye, and have an eleven month grazing system. The students would be exposed to the tail end of calving.

He/she would also be exposed to three different AI synchronization systems and will learn how to handle semen. Because we have a rotational grazing system, and have range monitoring sites in all of our pastures, the students will participate in reading those sites and will become familiar with native plant species.

The students will also become familiar with no-till farming and learn what the issues are in planning crop rotations as well as fertilization and chemical programs.  He/she will also learn about irrigation management using new technologies like water mark sensors.

We use the Cow-Calf 5 cow record system and have individual records from birth to the rail on all of our cattle. The records are used extensively to make breeding and culling decisions.

The interns will be expected to take part in the weekly management meetings and will be encouraged to join the discussions. Duties will include helping with calving and breeding, fixing fence, building high tensile fence, moving cattle, chute work, sprayer support and harvest support. If they don’t know how to ride, they will by the end of the summer.

Continuing education is very important to us and we try to participate in as many opportunities as possible. The students will attend all the meetings we do. The hours are long but I believe that we can offer the students a valuable adjunct to their education. If you would like to learn more about our operation, please visit our web site:

Please share this notice with students in the animal science, range management, and agronomy departments.




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