On Tuesday, November 9th Horizon Dairy near Hico in Hamilton County was the host of the Central Texas Junior Dairy Consortium. Horizon Dairy is owned by David De Jong and family and all the family is very involved. It a super place to host the JDC and it was super weather for a day long program.
What is a Junior Dairy Consortium? It is simple a way to provide hands-on learning experiences to educate students about the job opportunities that are available in the dairy industry. The JDC covers topics like reproduction, cow nutrition, ration formulation, milking and milking procedures, record keeping, farming and farming equipment, and expected salaries and potential jobs in agriculture and dairying.
All the students got to meet with several local dairymen and dairy industry representatives, allowing them to gain insight on the dairy industry as a whole. The students were juniors or seniors in high school and some were headed to college soon but many were about to enter the job market. They were a great bunch of students and I can assure you they are more than competent to be our future leaders!