How Allen Casson Spent Spring Break


Allen Casson (Junior, Agribusiness; Chandler, IN) spent his Purdue Spring Break last week on the Animal Sciences Industry Trip! Although the trip started with a great deal of snow including a shut down I-80 with gates across all lanes; Al really enjoyed the opportunity.   He stated, “I am so glad I got to meet and better know my classmates the way I did on this trip. I had the privilege of seeing things I've never seen before and truly made some great friends along the way.”
The first day  included visits to Funk Farms Trust in Shirley, IL; Black Gold Ranch and Feedlot in Astoria, IL; and WC Belgian in Joy, IL.  The second day included stops at Milk Unlimited in Atlantic, IA; Freund Farms in Lewis, IA; and an opportunity to socialize with students at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  By day three, the snow had stopped and they visited Elm Creek Nebraska Wild Horse and Burrow in Elm Creek, NE; North Platte Cattle Feeders in Wellfeet, NE;  Maddux Cattle in Wauneta, NE; and Accelerated Genetics in McCook, NE. Day four included visits to McCarty Family Farms and Dairy Processing Plant in Rexford, KS; Heartland Cattle Company in McCook, NE; and Jamison Ranch in Quinter, KS.  They toured Bayer Health Care in Shawnee Mission and  American Hereford Association on the fifth day and ended the day with a social at University of Missouri. The next day, they toured Sinclair Research Center, Lincoln County Egg Farm, and Purina. On their final day driving home, they stopped at the Saint Louis Zoo, Becherer Lambs, and The Maschhoffs.
Casson’s highlights included, “a 72,000 cow feed lot in Nebraska that feeds 7 million bushels of corn a year and a dairy farm that is milking 3600 head a day in Kansas.”



Purdue Bus in the Snow
Purdue Bus and Students on a farm