MSU Extension Intern- Logan H.

Week 8

This week I was given random tasks. I worked on a task that I had not done before, which was working on inventory. I took inventory on all the cattle publications from the department and I also re-organized them by publication number. Week8-2

Many of the publications had been misplaced into the wrong folder. This made the process longer because when I was counting, I would find a wrong publication mixed in the stack. Time and again I had to recount and add numbers to the publications I had already gone through. A majority of the publications were informational and directional for local ranchers and farmers. The readings varied from how to manage a pasture, to pinkeye in cattle and how to treat it.

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I also worked again on making horse/livestock judging packets. I think I have surpassed the 400 mark now. There are still many left to make. I will continue to work on those packets for the upcoming events that they will be used for, which include: the State Fair, the Dixie National Livestock Show, and another judging event in between those two events. I also helped Ms. Shook and Dr. Jousan proof signs made for the contestants riding in the regional horse show that will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Jousan will be leaving this Saturday to drive up there and begin setting up everything for the show. The contestants are given laminated signs with their county, horse’s name, and their name to hang on their stall. It is also a memento for them to keep. I went through all of them with Ms. Shook to make sure all the spelling was correct and to make sure that none were missing. Many of the contestants had more than one sign because they are competing on more than one horse. After we concluded they were all correct and present we boxed them back up and added them to the heap of things that Dr. Jousan will have to carry to Raliegh. I also proofed the entries for the contestants that were put into a spread sheet. I had make sure the events they were going to compete in followed their name and also that their entry number matched. I made a few spelling corrections and then Ms. Shook fixed them on excel.

Lastly, this week I worked on another project for Mr. Crow. He needed help with making a design on a bulletin board for the livestock judging team. The bulletin board is in the hallway here in the Animal and Dairy Sciences Department. One of Mr. Crow’s judging students, Justin Hall, helped me come up with the design and he went to Hobby Lobby to get the supplies. We will put the board together this coming Friday.

All in all it has been an enjoyable week. My creative skills were used to design the bulletin board to make it presentable and interesting. I also used organizational skills to take inventory on the publications. Next week I will be working on judging card packets again as well as a few other things for Dr. Jousan. Soon I will be helping Dr. Karisch get things together for the Deep South Stocker Conference that will be held in Meredian on August 8. This will be my last event to assist with as the 8th of August will be my last day of work.

MSU Extension Intern- Logan H.

This week moved slowly for the most part. On Monday, I went with Mari, Dr. Karisch’s secretary, and Tyler, a graduate student of Dr. Karisch’s, to the shed at the beef unit. The three of us rode out there to get items for the stocker conference that I will be helping with the first week of August. Mari helped me make a cover for the signs, that way we could use the signs to mark where to turn for the Deep South Stocker Conference. On Tuesday I began working on banding livestock/horse judging cards together for Dr. Jousan. There are 12 different colors of judging cards and they will be used for all different classes of judging at places like the state fair in October, where there will be dairy judging, and also in February at the Dixie National Livestock Show. On Tuesday, by the end of the day, I had made 210 groupings of judging cards. On Wednesday, I continued making bands of the livestock/horse judging cards and surpassed the three-hundred mark. Let me just say, I do not want to see those cards again anytime soon.

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On Thursday July 17, I traveled to Verona and Fulton with Dr. Karisch and two other associates, to film cattle that will be for sale at an auction in Hattiesburg. I met Dr. Karisch in Mathiston and rode with her to Dr. Gary and Nancy Jackson’s property, which is located in Eupora, to film his cattle that will be put up at auction. Instead of having to haul the cattle to the auction, Dr. Karisch filmed them and they will be sold via video. Whoever the buyer is, the individual will make arrangements to pick the cattle up from the seller. This new way of selling cattle is less stressful and more time efficient. The pictures below were taken at Dr. Jackson’s. I petted on a commercial show heifer and the other photo is of Cat, a cow that is ninety percent blind. Cat has cataracts, hence the reason she is tagged that way, as to let people know she will run over them when working the cattle because she cannot see.

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After we left there, we drove back to campus to retrieve the university’s truck to take to Verona. An employee from the university came with Dr. Karisch and I to do the rest of the filming and she will also edit the video footage before the auction. When the three of us arrived in Verona, we picked up and extension agent that knew the people and locations we had to go to. There were four locations that we filmed cattle at and the locations were spread out. Fulton was another town we drove to, to film a set of heifers and steers. After finishing the filming of these different cattle herds, we headed back to campus. It was nice to be out of the office and learn about cattle. As a side note, I learned many new back-roads here in Mississippi when trying to locate some of the properties we had to film at. It was quite interesting when we ended up lost a few times, but it was a fun adventure.

Overall, this week was interesting and I learned new concepts about cattle and judging contests. My communication skills were used and helped to expand my knowledge this week, by asking questions and learning new interesting concepts from different individuals. Dr. Jackson’s wife is a large animal veterinarian and she explained a condition in cattle called photosensitization, after I asked how this illness affects the animal. The cow becomes sensitive to sunlight and develops blisters on its face due to a protein in the grass it eats.  Another skill that was used this week was my strength as an achiever by working long and hard on putting judging cards together. I tried to complete as many as I could and was able to complete over three-hundred packets. I wanted to make sure there were enough packets completed for the events that will be held in upcoming months.

Overall, my highlight of the week was riding up and down the back-roads of Mississippi on Thursday.

Dixie National Judging Contest-Christa Gilfeather

The week of February 3rd, I worked in the office. Can you guess what I did? Yes, prepared documents for Dixie National Judging Contest! We needed more scoring cards for the contestants to use for their class placings. So I was able to practice my cutting skills for a few hours this week.

Then, Friday, I was able to ride to Jackson with some of the members of Mississippi State’s very own Livestock Judging team to the big event. The contest began Saturday morning.

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My job at the contest (along with four other individuals) was simply to be a group leader. I lead a group of ~25 college students (from all over the country) to their classes. During the class I was to make sure contestants stayed on task and remained quiet. As each class ended, I then collected their score cards and gave them to a runner – in preparation for the next class. It may not sound like a huge job, but this weekend it really showed me that every member of a team is a vital component. I really enjoyed myself. Not to mention, everyone was so friendly and helpful. And what’s not to love about a beef cattle show? I am so thankful for the experience – I would love to come back and do it again. Who knew interning could be so much fun!