In the summer of 2004 I interned at Mason Dixon Farm. I worked with the herd health herdsman,
assisted in fresh cow management, and many other aspects of herd health. Another part of my job was
working with the reproduction manager, with ovsynch program and pregnancy palpitation. I also had the opportunity to work in other areas of the farm, such as calvings, and dry cows. The internship then lead to my employment by the Waybrights. My duties post internship were to assist in the start up and transition to the 500 cow robotic milking barn. It was a great experience for me to be involved in one of the largest robotic milking operations in the country. After transition was completed at the robotic barn I moved into a dry cow / herd health position, ending up as the dry cow manager. At the beginning of 2007 I returned home to the family farm, but I feel that my experience at Mason Dixon farm gave me knowledge that I have been able to use on my family farm. I had a great
experience working, living, and learning from the Waybright family.

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Comment by Katherine Dotterer-Pyle on May 31, 2010 at 2:10pm
Hey Joe! So when are you putting Robots of your own in?
Comment by john blue on December 9, 2009 at 3:17pm
Now that you have been working in the dairy business for several years, what do you believe are dairy business issues for 2010? is seeking information via survey
Comment by Ryan Curtis on December 1, 2009 at 12:12pm
Sounds like a great opportunity. What did you think of the robotic milkers?
Comment by Emily Caldwell on November 30, 2009 at 11:33am
Thanks for sharing, Joe!

Check out the Mason Dixon internship listing here.

And click here to read about the experience of another past intern, Austin Copenhaver.


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