Hello, everyone! My name is Cassie Schmidtberger, and I am a veterinary student at Kansas State University. I’m from the small town of Victoria in western Kansas where my family runs a cow/calf operation consisting mainly of Red Angus cross cattle. Now, if you’ve heard anything about western Kansas, you have heard it compared to the desert. We’ve been in a significant drought for a long time. However, this summer we were blessed with rain! A lot of rain! It was great! It was also muddy. As the principal “cow checker” over the summer, I had the job of going around to our multiple pastures and making sure the cows, calves, and bulls were all well and healthy, not to mention in the pasture where they were supposed to be. With all the rain, there were several roads that got slimy, and some that were just plain impassable.
|Lots of rain leads to flooded roads|
They literally ran up to sniff and lick on the four-wheeler. I’m sure it tasted like mud, but oh well. It was a great moment for me. To see our animals happy, with green grass, fresh water, and playing with me really drove home just how much I love what I do and the career I’m going to enter. I want every producer’s animals to be just as happy, healthy and full of life as our cows are. Now that I’m back in Manhattan and no longer checking cows, I like to think on that day to remind me that my hard work in veterinary school is worth it, and that not all the happy cows are in California J.