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LEARNING OFF THE FARM
JOSH BRANDER WANTED A VERY HANDS-ON POST SECONDARY AGRICULTURE PROGRAM to help him realize his dairy farming aspirations. He opted for the Animal Science Technology diploma program at Lakeland College, Alta., majoring in dairy science. While he considered agriculture programs in Ontario, he was attracted by the opportunity to manage the on-campus, student-run dairy herd that is a fundamental part of the college curriculum. Currently in his second year of the two-year program, Josh is excelling, having secured a position on the student dairy herd team as the genetics and reproduction co-ordinator, and bringing new ideas home to his multi-generation Rockwood, Ont., dairy farm.
(Pictured left is Scott Morrison, featured in cover story)
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