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Erin Leach receives 2020 Senior Leadership Award

Each spring, the OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences presents awards and scholarships at its annual banquet. Erin Leach, animal science senior, received a 2020 Senior Leadership Award.
Erin Leach receives 2020 Senior Leadership Award

Erin Leach

Each spring, the OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences presents awards and scholarships at its annual banquet. Erin Leach, animal science senior, received a 2020 Senior Leadership Award for consistent acts of leadership throughout her undergraduate academic career.

Erin Leach was born June 12th, 1999 and is the middle daughter of Rob and Lisa Leach of Linwood, Kansas. She grew up on her family’s small dairy in Northeast Kansas where they milked forty head of Holsteins and Jerseys. She grew up showing cows and heifers at the local, state, and national levels alongside her sisters Taylor and Sophie. Her involvement on her family’s farm and with her local 4-H club at a young age instilled her passion for the dairy industry and motivated her to pursue a career in agriculture. She decided to attain a degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Business from Oklahoma State University.

She was a member of the Dairy Judging team and received several honors in the Fall 2019 season. She was named an All-American at the World Dairy Expo Collegiate Dairy Contest and placed fourth in reasons. She also placed fifth in reasons at the North American International Livestock Exposition where the team finished second overall. Her experience working with the judging team helped her to grow more confident in her speaking abilities and allowed networking with new people.

Erin was involved with the Dairy Science Club where she enjoyed being able to talk to students and community members about the dairy industry. She served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for both the Animal Breeding and Animal Reproduction courses. She is also heavily involved with the American Jersey Cattle Association, being a member of the Jersey Youth Academy Class V and having received several Jersey Youth Achievement Awards.

Most of her free time has been spent working at the Ferguson Family Dairy Center. She greatly enjoyed being able to continue working with cattle while away from home and being able to help students learn about the dairy industry. She recently took on the role of calf manager, where she oversees care and management of the university’s young stock.

After graduation, Erin will be taking an internship position with Select Sires, Inc. as the Dairy Sire Marketing Intern. She also plans to continue involvement with her family’s farm as they rebuild from the devastation of an F-4 tornado. She plans to follow her passion of working in the dairy industry and obtain a career working with dairy cattle genetics.

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