South Campus Livestock Farms Management Team awarded 2018 CANR Outstanding Team Award
The team coordinates student employees, ensures animal care and welfare, interacts with research staff and provides learning opportunities in classes that come to the farms for laboratory experiences.
Although, the South Campus Farms Management Team members work as farm managers and operations supervisors on separate farms, they have a comradery and support for each other. They work together to achieve a common goal of keeping the farms operating efficiently for the benefit of students, stakeholders and the public. While they work well together, they also collaborate with many other individuals in a team-focused manner. They spend their days coordinating student employees, ensuring animal care and welfare, interacting with research staff and providing learning opportunities in classes that come to the farms for laboratory experiences. Their involvement in training veterinary students has greatly enriched the agricultural education provided to students within the College of Veterinary Medicine. The team’s role does not end at 5 p.m. when much of the rest of the university goes home, but rather, they are on call 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Loose or sick livestock, birthing and equipment breakdowns happen at all hours of the day and night. The team members never completely leave their work, and their positions are more a way of life than simply a job. This team is ready to help one another at a moment’s notice. They work together to provide cost-effective solutions to the inevitable problems that can and do arise. The team is an integral component of agricultural education within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Their team approach and dedication is worthy of the recognition represented by this nomination and award.