Do you have questions about dairy crossbreeding? If you do, we have something in common. My name is Matt Olson, and I will be spending the next few months as a guest blogger on www.dairycrossbreeding.com. Over the summer, I will be interning with Geno in Norway as a marketing and communications intern. My goal is to better understand the concept of crossbreeding in dairy cattle and experience a part of the international dairy industry.
I was born and raised on my family’s 100-cow dairy farm in northeast Wisconsin. The farm is co-owned and operated by my father and uncle. Now, the farm has 60 cows milked by a robotic milker. I was not the most active farm kid. Each summer, I found jobs off the farm. But one summer, my father needed me to help out because he was short on help. Ever since, I have been more interested in dairy farming and the dairy industry.
After graduating high school, I enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeking my bachelor’s degree with a major in Life Sciences Communication. My major was established in 1908 as the first Department of Agricultural Journalism in the world.
“In 2000, we changed our name to LSC [Life Sciences Communication] to reflect the extraordinary growth in our field.” – Life Sciences Communication Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison
I am also earning certificates in Business Management for Agricultural and Life Sciences and Leadership.
In the fall, I will enter my final year of education for my bachelor’s degree. As a part of my educational experience, I am seeking industry experience. That’s where Geno comes in. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to be a marketing and communications intern for Geno. I am based out of the main office in Hamar, Norway.
Because I am sure that we have some of the same questions about the Norwegian Red breed and crossbreeding dairy cattle, feel free to send me your thoughts and questions. Throughout this summer, I will be looking into things that I am curious about, such as health and fertility traits of animals crossbred with Norwegian Red, incidence of mastitis and other diseases in animals crossbred with Norwegian Red, and comparing Norway’s veterinary system to that of the United States.
If you have something that you are interested in, a topic, or have a question, please let me know. Hopefully, I can work to get your questions answered!
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