The Red and White Dairy Cattle Association is excited to announce their 2014 summer internship position was awarded to Michaela Ash of Upton, KY. During the course of the summer, Michaela's responsibilities will include assisting with publications, helping at the 50th National Red and White Convention and representing the RWDCA at various events.
Michaela was not raised on a family farm but found her passion in the dairy industry about four years ago. Her high school agriculture teacher, Amy Olt, encouraged her to pursue dairy judging in 4H and FFA, where she did most of her practicing at Olt's place, Rocky Run Farms.
After a year of judging and practicing, she asked Amy if she was able to attend a few shows with her and soon figured out that she was ready to start showing herself. The first cow she bought in 2011 was a Red and White junior yearling Holstein that has had her heart from day one. She has bred and bought cows to start her own small herd, where her and her cows have been accepted as "part of the family" at Rocky Run Farms of Kentucky and River Bend Dairy of Tennessee for the past three years. She has actively milked and cared for show animals at these farms for the past three years.
Michaela is currently enrolled as a junior at Western Kentucky University where she is double majoring in general agriculture and communication studies with a minor in sales. She hopes to start graduate classes in the future and receive her master's in organizational communication. Her future career goals are to continue working in the dairy industry and be highly involved with promoting the red and white breed.
Founded in 1964, the Red & White Dairy Cattle Association has been located in Crystal Spring, PA, since 1975 and Clinton, WI since 2009. The RWDCA strives to encourage and promote the progressive breeding and development of superior red and white dairy cattle by providing breeders with information, programs, and services to help track, evaluate, and improve the breed from one generation to the next. For more information, visit www.redandwhitecattle.com.