ADSA 2017 “Legen…wait for it…DAIRY”
If you followed along on the Iowa State Admissions Instagram story February 3rd through the 5th, you already know how awesome of a weekend the Dairy Science Club had at the ADSA-SAD conference. For those of you who don’t know, ADSA-SAD stands for the American Dairy Science Association-Student Affiliate Division. Each year, each region holds a conference where students come together to network and learn more about the dairy industry through sessions, farm tours, and speakers. This year, we traveled to South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota, for the 2017 Midwest Regional ADSA-SAD Conference. The club and I has so much fun that weekend, so I thought that I would share some the highlights of the trip with you, in case you missed out on all the fun on Instagram!
On our way to the conference, the club likes to stop at different industries and farms along the way to see different aspects of the industry. This year, our first stop was the New Vision Co-op in Worthington, Minnesota. We got to tour their office and warehouse where they process feeds for multiple species.
Our second stop was at Cottonwood Ridge Dairy in Garretson, South Dakota. They are a family run farm that milks around 100 cows using robot milkers. We got to talk with the family about how switching to robots has impacted their lives and how they manage their herd.
While at ADSA, clubs can compete in contests such as Quizbowl, Yearbook, Dairy Products, and Display to showcase their club’s talents and activities. Iowa State took home first place in Junior Quizbowl and Yearbook!
There were multiple break out sessions throughout the morning Saturday that students could attend. Topics ranging from cheese making to robot milkers were discussed and even a tour of the processing plant was available. The sessions were then followed by lunch and a friendly dairy flippy cup tournament.
Of course we got to tour even more farms while on our club trip! We got to take a quick tour of the SDSU teaching farm where we got to get up close and personal with some other their Brown Swiss cows!
We also got to tour a HUGE 3,000 cow dairy with their 50 stall parallel parlor. I mean, just look, it goes on FOREVER!
From all the farm tours and sessions to just getting to hang out with the club on the bus and in the evenings, every moment of the trip was memorable. We learned many new things, got to network and meet new people, and strengthen connections and friendships we already had. Plain and simple, we had a BLAST!
So, from the Dairy Science Club and I, until next time!