Second Job Shadow: Filament Marketing, Madison, WI
As Filament's slogan is "We live it," referring to the agriculture backgrounds of their team, I believe that I 'lived' the true Filament experience.
While spending the morning rotating throughout different departments within the company, I learned the importance of planning within marketing, how to deliver your ideas to a client, and how analytics can measure every campaign. I was able to see how each client is set up with a team of individuals who share different sets of skills. From a lead to the graphic designer, each person plays a key role in making the ideas a reality. I even assisted on a few social media write-ups for one of their client's Twitter and Instagram sites.
As Filament's atmosphere is already welcoming enough, their backgrounds and passion for agriculture makes you feel at home.
First Job-Shadow: High Plains Pork, Winslow, IL
As I traveled to Winslow, Illinois on a sunny day in May, I didn't know what my experience at High Plains Pork would involve. I have toured several farrow-to-wean and wean-to-finish farms and so I thought this would be a tour of yet, another hog farm. But I was wrong. While alongside another mentorship participant, we were given the most hands-on and educational experience possible.
Inside the Sow Barn
While in the sow and gilt barns, we learned all about High Plain's breeding program. After getting a quick walk through of the barn, we jumped in and were able to artificially inseminate five gilts using a foam tip rod. Once again, keeping records was an important priority as we kept track of how many times and when each gilt was bred.
In the end, my first job shadow experience at High Plain's Pork was extremely informative and provided me with an in-depth opportunity to learn about large scale swine production and all it entails. I'd like to thank Becca and the whole crew at High Plains Pork for welcoming us into their farm as if we were one of their own.
The pork mentorship program is an opportunity offered to students through the Wisconsin Pork Association. The Wisconsin Pork Association Mentorship Program allows young individuals interested in the swine industry to gain hands-on experience through job shadows, activities, and individualized projects. I am honored to be a participant in the program this year and have dedicated part of my blog to writing about my experiences through this program as part of my final project.
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