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Monthly Archives: June 2018

Olivia Burnetter, Reproductive Management Intern

Our Reproductive Management Intern, hailing from Burnt Hills, NY, is Olivia Burnetter. This New York native did not grow up in the dairy industry, but quickly took it upon herself to become immersed at dairies nearby. Currently, she is earning her final 12 credits at SUNY Cobleskill to finish her undergraduate degree in Animal Science.

Burnetter has separated herself from her peers by her ability to speak Spanish, a skill that she hopes to make even stronger throughout the summer. As a Reproductive Management intern, Burnetter will be working with synchronization programs and protocols, heat detection systems, and A.I. technicians on several farms in Arizona. Her internship involves working in conjunction with technicians, tech team leads and district sales managers within her area. Her Spanish speaking skills within this geographic area will serve as a valuable asset as she continues to learn about reproductive management with us in Arizona.

“I love that Alta is about service and creating value rather than just selling a product,” she says. But in June Dairy Month fashion, Burnetter says her favorite dairy product is any type of cheese! Added to any dish, cheese can serve as a delicious way to make an old recipe new.

Our interns create value, build trust and deliver results for the future of our company and we are excited to see where Olivia goes this summer. Welcome, Olivia Burnetter, our Reproductive Management Intern!

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Bilingual Dairy Manager School focuses on hoof care

The first Alta Dairy Manager School ever held in the US took place June 18-20, 2018 in Garden City, Kansas. The unique learning opportunity, presented simultaneously in English and Spanish, helped attendees dive deep into hoof care, health, and management.

Ten students from six different dairies attended the course, learning from the expert instructors at Sure Step Consulting. Participants spent their time learning through a mix of classroom based sessions and hands-on practice.

Classroom sessions focused on foot and leg anatomy, identifying lameness, proper hoof treatment protocols, foot bath management, and trimming procedures. On-farm sessions allowed the participants to practice what they learned in both functional and therapeutic trimming.

The 2.5-day course gave the participants the knowledge and applicable practice to take these skills back and apply them on their dairies.

Want to know more about Dairy Manager Schools? Check it out HERE.

An instructor shows two Dairy Manager School participants the functional and therapeutic procedures of hoof trimming during on-farm practice.
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Katie Kovalaske, Calf Specialist Intern

Our 2018 Calf Specialist Intern, is Katie Kovalaske of Waterloo, WI. Being raised on her family’s 80 cow dairy working with dairies upwards of 5,000 cows, Kovalaske has been able to find her niche in the industry. Currently, she is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where she will graduate in December earning her undergraduate degree in Dairy Science with a minor in Animal Science.

Kovalaske says she wanted to intern with us because, “Alta offers a unique opportunity to strictly work with calves,” a passion of hers that can be found in just a few moments of conversation. Throughout the summer, she says it is her goal to help producers understand the long-term impact, and return on investment, that high quality calf programs can offer for milk production later in life.

Kovalaske will be helping to raise awareness for calf care protocols through our sister company, SCCL, and their CCT Colostrum products.

As a Wisconsin native, Kovalaske says her favorite dairy product is Mozzarella cheese, a key ingredient for any pizza party to be had throughout the year. Happy June Dairy Month Katie!

We welcome our Calf Specialist Intern, Katie Kovalaske!

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Kindschuh, Marketing Communications Intern

The 2018 US Marketing Communications Intern is Kati Kindschuh of Brownsville, WI. Growing up on her family’s 60 cow Registered Holstein farm, she found her passion for the dairy industry as a 4-H and FFA member exhibiting cattle at the county and state fair. She is currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where she will graduate in December with her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Marketing Communications.

She says, “I chose to work with Alta Genetics because I want to help the most progressive dairies tell their story throughout the world.” Throughout her internship here at Alta, Kindschuh is focusing on strengthening the social media presence and increasing overall following on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Additionally, her focus is on the overall promotion of Alta Genetics and the extensive quality control process that we are proud of.

As a dairy industry enthusiast, Kindschuh says her favorite dairy product is butter! As a healthy source of fats, butter can be used to bake or add flavor to your meal.

We welcome Kati, our 2018 US Marketing Communications Intern!

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Alta ADVANTAGE Showcase Tour explores progressive Idaho dairies

The 19th edition of the Alta ADVANTAGE Showcase Tour took place June 5-8, 2018. It was the first time ever this global event was held in Idaho.

Guests toured some of Idaho’s most progressive dairy farms and learned from the forward-thinking owners and managers at the host farms. They also had the chance to share their own experiences with each other during on-farm management stations, bus rides between farms, and during evening socials.

To break it down, here is the Alta ADVANTAGE Showcase overview, by the numbers:

251Guests who experienced the most progressive dairy management tour in the industry
21Countries represented at this year’s tour
5Charter buses used to transport tour guests
5Gracious host dairies, who welcomed the Alta group
- Eagle Ridge Dairy | Kuna, Idaho
- TLK Dairy | Mountain Home, Idaho
- Oak Valley Dairy | Burley, Idaho
- Swager Farms | Buhl, Idaho
- Beranna Dairy | Caldwell, Idaho
1Pre-tour farm that welcomed international guests before the main tour kicked off - thank you to Swan Falls Dairy for the warm welcome!
30On-farm stations set up to help guests discuss the areas of calf care, employee management, genetics, reproduction, parlor management, cow comfort, dairy education, herd inventory planning, manure management, and more
34,275Total cows represented on the Alta ADVANTAGE Showcase host dairies
70-30-0Most popular genetic plan of our host dairies
11Number of sires represented in the Alta ADVANTAGE Performance Pens
34Number of daughters featured between the two Alta ADVANTAGE Performance Pens
3Pails of ice cream used in the global ice cream eating contest – Chile came out victorious over all other country competitors
502Miles traveled in Idaho for one tremendous tour!
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