It makes you think doesn’t it? Think about what you’ve done that’s totally out of the norm and new for the first time. For me, I reflect upon my days at University of Wisconsin-Madison when I saw this and thought at Poultry Camp 2K17- or at least that’s what we all called it. It’s actually the Center of Excellence Scholarship/Internship Program of the Midwest Poultry Consortium. Where, for 6 weeks, you are immersed in poultry science all day, every day learning about research, education and employment opportunities. And after my short 6 weeks in Madison, I had 9 credits with nationally recognized faculty and an unforgettable poultry science experience. I’ve always said I wanted to work with animals when I grow up but now I am learning how to encompass poultry into that childhood dream.
UW Madison Campus with Flat Perry.
I’ve never had so much hands-on experience with any other class as I did with this program and to go through the different poultry industries was very eye-opening. From learning about avian diseases and health management to discussing the hot buttons topics of organic and antibiotic free products. It was such pleasure working with all my classmates, and possibly some future co-workers, during that time. I was able to learn so much and I did try to take in as much as I could from the faculty and staff, plus all my classmates with their various poultry experiences.
Classmates of COE 2017.
My previous poultry encounters consisted of petting my friend’s chickens at county fair and that’s about it. Now, I recently just completed my internship with Jennie-O Turkey Store and am able to apply everything I’ve learned from UW-Madison to my intern project. And now, I can examine birds inside and out and be able to actually understand what’s going on from their changes in the environment, what a diet consists of and any other factors when supervisors, farm managers, etc. discuss their birds on the farm.
Touring an organic, free range egg layer farm in WI.
So, my answer to the question first asked above, Poultry Camp 2K17 was definitely the last time I’ve done something for the first time and am very proud of my accomplishments this summer in trying a new animal agriculture industry where I can see a potential future. The only way I would have gotten this far, is by all the encouragement and support from all those in my life that pushed me towards this new journey. So my advice to end that question of ‘When was the last time you’ve done something for the first time’ is to take that chance, jump right in, just say yes and don’t be afraid to seek out something new for the first time!
Life long friends can easily be made when studying poultry science for 6 weeks!