Young Alum of the Month: Susie Vaughan

Name: 
Susie Vaughan
Title and Company: 
1. Herd Manager; 2. AB Technician at 1. Synlait Farms Ltd., 2. Livestock Improvement Company (LIC)
Hometown: 
Penn Yan, NY
Major and Graduation Date: 
Dairy Science, May 2004
Major Job/Position Responsibilities: 

Responsible for rearing all young stock and overseeing all animal health related issues on Tapatoru Dairies. I also spend about 8 weeks during the mating season as a certified AB technician for LIC mating thousands of cows in my local area. In New Zealand, most dairy farming is seasonal, which means my jobs fluctuate throughout the year based on the dairying calendar. Right now we are coming into spring and are half way through the calving season. We then move into mating in late October and dry off all the cows by the end of May.

What you like most about your job/position: 

I quite like the seasonal approach as it means there is a 2-month period of no milking cows which is very relaxing. Everything is concentrated in a shorter time period and so all the systems on the farm need to be in place in order to get cows mated on time and everything ready for dry off at the same time.

What advice would you give to current students: 

Work hard and take advantage of any internship opportunities that may arise. I also encourage travel, especially international as it will be one of the most opportune times of your life to travel overseas.