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Veterinary Internship at Feedyard Leads Taylor McAtee to Noble Scholar Program

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I grew up on a small hobby farm, doing 4-H and FFA projects. Through those activities, I learned that I wanted to make a difference in the world of agriculture, and so I decided to attend Kansas State University in Manhattan to study animal science with a bioscience option. At K-State, I’ve become aware of the many opportunities that are out there for you to learn, including internships.

Last summer I interned with Veterinary Research & Consulting Services, LLC, at Hy-Plains Feedyard, LLC, in Montezuma, Kansas. I didn’t know what I was getting into by interning at a feedyard. I come from a small farm with dairy goats … kind of a big difference. Throughout the summer, I learned a lot about feedlot research, including bovine respiratory disease, setting up experiments, working cattle and how a feedlot operates. It was a great experience, and I loved working there. It also set me up to get to where I am now … a Lloyd Noble Scholar in Agriculture.

Hy-Plains Feedyard in Montezuma, KansasHy-Plains Feedyard in Montezuma, Kansas, where Lloyd Noble Scholar Taylor McAtee interned in summer 2018.

I had heard about the Noble Research Institute throughout my time at the feedyard and was able to actually meet some people from Noble at the Hy-Plains Feedyard conference on antimicrobial resistance last June. After hearing about some of the work they were doing, I Googled Noble and found out about the scholar program. My first question when Googling was: “What exactly is a Lloyd Noble Scholar in Agriculture?”

From the website, this is what I found:

“Scholars work alongside agricultural researchers and consultants who assist farmers, ranchers and other landowners operating in the cattle belt of the Southern Great Plains to attain financial, production, and quality-of-life goals. Scholars will develop valuable applied agriculture skills, interact with and assist in identifying solutions to real-world issues encountered by producers, and further enhance communication and leadership skills necessary to be effective advocates for agriculture. The objective of the scholar program is to provide participants a competitive advantage in the development of a career in a leading agricultural field of study, thus enabling them to positively impact the agriculture industry of tomorrow.”

Really all this is saying is that throughout the summer, we will be able to do real-world, meaningful research, along with other work, to give us a well-rounded agricultural knowledge of research in order to positively impact the field of agriculture in the future.

Noble Research Institute signTaylor McAtee will spend the summer at the Noble Research Institute as a 2019 Lloyd Noble Scholar in Agriculture.

This is a major part of the reason why I applied for Noble. There really isn’t anywhere else you get to interact with all of these different researchers in different areas all within the agricultural field. Everybody wants to help you learn, and you will be pushed to accomplish great things. I submitted my application last fall, interviewed in March, and accepted a position for this summer, and I am so excited to get started!

Taylor McAtee is a 2019 Lloyd Noble Scholar in Agriculture in Agriculture from La Cygne, Kansas.