|Putting our communication training to use on camera|
Last year, we met in Albuquerque for Phase I and then took our training out into our communities. My projects included a media training for dairy students at the Western ADSA-SAD meeting, a communications seminar at the national American Dairy Science Association meeting, consumer interviews and maintaining my blog, among other assignments.
I am so glad I made an impulsive decision a few years ago to apply to be in YDLI. I would recommend other young dairy folks do the same. You won't regret it!
The week started with a tour of a dairy near Albuquerque, followed by wine tasting at a local winery. We have such an awesome class and it was so much fun to see them all again.
|Cute calves in their hutches|
|Having a camera and lights in your face is nerve wracking! YDLI gave us the skills to feel more comfortable and confident in these situations. Here, we are discussing animal care.|
|We each took on a different role (I was a concerned consumer) to discuss hot topics in the dairy industry during our three minutes in front of legislators (our advisors, see below).|
The conflict management techniques we learned are very applicable in a personal or professional setting.
|Hurst and Maxwell debating animal welfare issues|
Check our my friend and YDLI classmate Kerry's blog for more about our Saturday night Chile Cookoff!
We also heard from several inspirational speakers and had a little downtime in the evening to visit with others in our class.
Again, I am SO grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this great program. I wish I could do this every year! Check out my other YDLI blog post from this week for more photos.