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Carly Olufs receives 2020 Award of Merit

Carly Olufs receives 2020 Award of Merit from the Oklahoma State University Department of Animal and Food Sciences.
Carly Olufs receives 2020 Award of Merit

Carly Olufs

Carly Olufs, animal science senior, received a 2020 Award of Merit and a 2020 Senior Leadership Award from the OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences.

Carly Olufs was born September 30, 1998 to John and Paula Olufs in Petaluma, California.  Growing up on a small farm, Carly had an instant love for the agricultural industry. Her passion first started at seven years old when she started showing market lambs in 4-H and continued when she decided to start building her own dairy herd at ten years old.  Starting from one grade Holstein heifer calf, Carly grew her dairy herd into a national award winning herd of over 30 registered Jerseys and Holsteins. Carly continued to pursue her passion for the California agriculture industry by becoming heavily involved in her 4-H club, FFA chapter, and multiple dairy cattle breed associations. It was Carly’s passion for the dairy industry that led her to pursue a degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Business and a minor in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at Oklahoma State University.

During her undergrad career Carly has been heavily involved in the Ferguson College of Agriculture and the Animal & Food Sciences Department. For the past three years Carly has served as an ambassador for the Ferguson College of Agriculture where she was able to share her passion for the college with perspective students from all over the nation. She was also an AG 1011 Student Academic Mentor during her sophomore year.  Carly is a four-year member of the OSU Dairy Science Club currently holding the position of President, is a founding member and past President of Sigma Alpha professional sorority, and was a three year member of the Dairy Judging Team while pursuing her undergraduate degree. She culminated her dairy judging career at World Dairy Expo in 2018 with a fifth-place team finish for OSU, the best finish to date for an OSU Dairy Judging Team.

In addition, Carly previously worked at the Ferguson Family Dairy Center milking and caring for the university's herd of Jersey and Holstein dairy cattle.  Each year she volunteers her time to assist with the Oklahoma State FFA Career Development Event Dairy Cattle Judging Contest held at the dairy center.

Throughout her time at OSU, Carly pursued her career in the dairy industry by interning in a field that she passionate about. Carly served as the All West/Select Sires 2018 Summer Intern where she increased her exposure to the California dairy industry and was able to work with dairymen to improve the genetics of their herds. This past summer she continued her relationship with Select Sires when you held the role as Dairy Sire Marketing Intern for Select Sires in Plain City, Ohio. During this opportunity with the corporate headquarters, she was able to travel the country to work with various dairy producers and appreciate the offspring from the bulls she worked to market during the summer.

Upon graduation Carly will return to Petaluma, California where she will begin her career with All West/Select Sires as a Dairy Program Specialist and work with the dairymen that helped ignite her passion for the dairy industry.

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