My name is Robert Loftin and I am a graduating senior. I chose to pursue an internship in extension this semester to help familiarize myself with the daily routine of an Extension Agent. Being that I own beef cattle, this was the ideal position for me as a student.
During my time as an Extension Intern, I have been able to experience the preparation that is involved with events made available for Mississippi producers. The first big event of the semester was the Mississippi Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA) sale in Raymond, Mississippi at Hinds Community College. Weeks before the sale, I helped create the catalogs that would be sent to prospective bull buyers containing information about the bulls that were being auctioned. The night before the sale, I was able to interact with producers from the state at the BCIA meeting. During the sale, I helped work the bulls through the chute during the auction. Interacting with producers was my favorite part. In the Ag industry, making connections is crucial.
The next event I helped with was Beef Day at Mississippi State. It was designed for beef cattle producers to learn more about the different cuts of meat and how to figure out carcass data such as Rib Eye Area, back fat, and the USDA grade and how these are determined The meat lab had a steer for the producers to fabricate into wholesale cuts of meat. The best part of Beef Day was eating the Ribeye steaks that Dr. Dinh and Dr. Burnett cooked, now those were good!
Later on in the week was the highly anticipated Artificial Insemination School. I had helped to prepare for it by putting together binders for people that attended the course. During AI school, I met a lot of people and helped move cattle and assist people with their insemination techniques. It was a great few days and I learned a lot about Artificial Insemination.
As an Extension Intern, I learned so much about the events that Mississippi State Extension puts on and I also learned a lot about the day-to-day paperwork that these events entail. Before my internship, I was unaware of all the preparation that Brandi, Cobie and Mari do to make these informative events, possible. Thank you to Mississippi State Extension for allowing me this experience.