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By Blake Wadsworth ‘23
  • Animal Science
  • Agriculture
  • Dairy
  • Animals
I am from Charlton, New York and am an animal science major studying dairy management at Cornell, class of 2023. I am specifically interested in pursuing a herd management role with a focus in genetics to improve the genetic value of the herd. I am a fourteenth-generation dairy farmer, and have been working on Eildon Tweed Farm, owned by David Wood, for the past 12 years alongside my father. My passion for taking care of the cows and seeing the progress of the farm, genetics and animals influenced me to pursue a career in dairy. Much of what I’ve learned about the dairy industry has come from my membership in the New York Junior Holstein Association, Junior Dairy Leaders and 4H. I have one younger sister, and enjoy racing four-wheelers, skiing and spending time outdoors.

What is your connection to dairy farming?

I have worked on Eildon-Tweed Farm for the last 12 years. Prior to that, I worked on my father’s 50-cow dairy in Middlesex, NY. At age 5, my family moved to Oneonta, NY where my father owned a 2000-cow herd. I have been involved in various organizations involving the dairy industry and have been showing dairy cattle at the county state and national level since I was eight years old.

Why is it important to you to pursue a career in the industry?

It is important to me to pursue a career in the dairy industry because it is something I have been passionate about for as long as I can remember. This industry has shaped much of my life and I have been grateful for the opportunities it has provided me with.

Do you plan to intern with Chobani? If so, what will you be doing? What do you hope to gain from that experience?

I am still unsure if I will intern with Chobani, however if I do, I would hope to work directly with the farmers who produce the milk for Chobani. I’d be interested in any part of this process, from the transport of the fluid milk to redistribution of byproducts to the farmers. I would hope to gain a better understanding of how a large processor like Chobani works with the farms they receive their milk from.

Why do you think it is important for others to know about the dairy industry?

I think it is important for others to know about the industry so that consumers are more informed and better understand the realities of the dairy industry, and not the common misconceptions popular today. Additionally, if we are more transparent, it could impact dairy sales as people become more informed and supportive of the industry.

How has CALS shaped your understanding of animal science/dairy management?

CALS has helped shape my understanding of animal science and dairy management through all of the classes I have taken thus far. Each professor has their own specialty in their field, which provides a more nuanced approach in each subject. CALS has also helped me think on a larger scale and look at the bigger picture. The diverse student body and faculty provides unique perspectives on certain problems.

Header image: Blake Wadsworth ‘23 Photo by Allison Usavage

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