A college student who raises dairy cows in a milk deficit state is making plans now for a dairy of her own. We caught up with Missouri Junior Holstein Association president Gabrianna Gardner of Billings, Missouri as she was selling tickets for the group’s cow raffle at the Missouri State Fair last week. She was also getting ready to show her two Jerseys and a Milking Shorthorn the next day. Gabrianna, a member of both 4-H and FFA, sees the decline of Missouri dairies first hand.
She tells Brownfield Ag News, “This show, it used to – they’re trying to push out of these barns because there’s not as many (dairy cattle). And, like, the Springfield (Missouri) fair, we just went there two weeks ago and 60 head was all that was there of dairy. It’s kind of sad that they’re going out of business, so they’re not there anymore.”
But Gabrianna aims to change that, “Honestly, I want a HUGE dairy. I mean, I want 20 on each side, if not bigger. I want a big grazing dairy!” She’s also deciding between med school and vet school.