On January 3, CHS Larsen Cooperative welcomed, Jenn Stowe, to their Dairy Nutrition team. Stowe graduated from UW-Platteville with a Dairy Science Degree with an emphasis in Animal Nutrition. She has relocated to the Waupaca area from Harvard, IL. She’ll be working as a Feed Sales Rep in conjunction with, Jay Hoffman, Feed Department Manager.
Jenn Stowe grew up in northern Illinois on a hobby farm and has been involved in the agricultural industry her whole life. She was very active in her 4-H club working with and showing horses and cattle, which helped her decide she wanted to work in the Ag Industry. She achieved her Associates of Science at McHenry County College before attending UW-Platteville. While attending county college she worked on a dairy farm. This is where she first became exposed to nutrition by working with the head herdsman on their ration formulation as well as doing the actual mixing and feeding.
Stowe was one of the first to graduate with the Dairy Science Degree, as this is a new degree for UW-Platteville. She was very involved in extra-curricular activities. In the Pioneer Dairy Club, she attended the ADSA and PDPW conferences as well as helped chair the Pioneer Consignment Sale. The consignment sale is a completely student run cattle auction where the students work with local farmers to get commitments of selling their cattle at the show. They create the show magazine showcasing the consignments. Stowe worked with the cattle the week of the auction to monitor for their health and make sure they looked good for the show.
While at UW-Platteville, Jenn Stowe was selected to compete in the Midwest Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge. Students from around the U.S. and Canada apply theory and learning to a real-world dairy while working as part of a team. Each team is assigned a real farm to evaluate their nutrition, animal health, reproduction and financials. They then have an opportunity to walk the farm to see their conditions and have only a few hours to complete and memorize a presentation on how they feel the farm can be improved. They present their findings to a panel of judges, the producer and an audience. Jenn worked on the nutrition side of the competition which was another experience that lead her to wanting to work in Dairy Nutrition.
During College, Jenn Stowe worked at two vet clinics: Galena Square Vet Clinic and Family Pet Hospital. She enjoyed working closely with the clients and their pets. She acquired information from the clients to learn about animal history and issues, which she would then share with the vet. She assisted with surgeries, animal analysis and bloodwork. She gained a lot of customer services skills and genuinely enjoyed working with people.
Jenn is looking forward building relationships with the producers, expanding her knowledge of the dairy industry and helping farmers achieve their farm goals. She is excited to meet CHS Larsen Co-op’s producers and customers. Outside of work Jenn really enjoys riding and training horses, trap shooting, hunting and enjoying the outdoors. Please help us in welcoming Jenn Stowe in her position at CHS Larsen Cooperative.