Dairy Calf & Heifer Association names scholarship recipient
Communication is the key to a future in agriculture for Taylor Anne Holterman.
“In the future, I want to be actively involved in the promotion of agricultural products,” Holterman said. “Whether through my everyday life or career, I see myself promoting agriculture and its practices because I thoroughly believe farmers are the most caring and passionate people one could meet.”
Holterman, a sophomore studying life sciences and communication at University of Wisconsin-Madison, was presented the 2013 Dairy Calf & Heifer Association Scholarship during the DCHA Annual Meeting on April 5.
“I plan to work in agricultural communications to build my foundation for a successful career,” she said. “I would like to write about the smaller, positive differences agriculture has on people and society.”
Besides maintaining her studies and working part-time, Holterman manages social media efforts for her family’s dairy operation, Rosy-Lane Holsteins in Watertown, Wis. She is the daughter of DCHA members Lloyd and Daphne Holterman.
“Taylor channels her high energy into everything she does from her sports activities to working on her family’s dairy farm,” said Cheryl Ehrke, dairy superintendent for the Jefferson County (Wis.) Fair. “She is committed to expanding her knowledge to enable her to do her best as she prepares for the future.”
The $1,000 DCHA Scholarship is awarded annually to the child or legal dependent of a DCHA member currently enrolled in an agricultural program at an accredited college or university.
The award will help Holterman towards achieving her goal to be a conduit for advocating about food and farming.
“Agriculture inspires me,” she said. “I plan to make a difference in the industry, help create a positive perception, and live out my passion every day.”
The Dairy Calf & Heifer Association is a group of calf and heifer growers partnered with allied industry and academia who are dedicated to growing high-quality replacement heifers and dairy beef. DCHA strives to improve herd health and profitability for members by providing gold standard benchmarks and best practices, as well as industry-leading networking opportunities. For more information about DCHA, go to www.calfandheifer.org