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Colorado youth makes an early commitment to cattle research

Author: Kristy

Mary Soukup, Editor, Drovers CattleNetwork  |  Updated: 03/13/2014

 

There was the teen from New Jersey who left her parent’s home because she didn’t want to obey their rules, then attempted to sue them for financial support and college tuition. It’s not out of the question to assume that Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber will generate some sort of news headline in the coming days about one of their antics.

While there seems to be no shortage of negative news related to young people today, there are many, I’d venture to guess the majority, who work hard in school, obey their parents or other care providers, and generally try to be good kids.

One of those is Haleigh Prosser, an eighth grade student from Colorado whose long-term goal is to be a large animal veterinarian. She is setting herself up to achieve that goal with research projects today. In fact, for the past four years, she has competed in science fairs with projects related to cattle.

Haleigh contacted us recently to tell us about her latest project, “‘C’ the Difference:  Effects of Vitamin C in Cattle Fed Wet Distillers’ Grains.” She says she wanted to find a “real world, livestock-based project.” She says she found her inspiration from an article onDrovers/CattleNetwork in October 2013 related to reducing effects of sulfur in distillers’ grains. She sought out to test if supplemental vitamin C would have an impact on weight gain in beef cattle fed distillers’ grains.

Haleigh worked with her father, science teacher and the local veterinarian to conduct her project, which earned her a reserve grand champion award and qualified her to compete in the statewide science fair in April. She said she enjoyed working with the cattle as a learning experience rather than normal choring responsibilities she has throughout the year.

After the state competition next month, she said she is not done with research projects.

“I believe that projects about livestock, mainly cattle, are very meaningful and have a huge influence on the world,” Haleigh said. “Projects like this, and my previous projects, could all propose a theory that could influence the way cattlemen carry out a certain task or idea.”

With regard to her peers, Haleigh encourages other youth to find something they are interested in, learn more about it, and try to make a positive impact on the world around them.

“Many people my age don’t understand that even young people have ideas that can contribute positively to society, so I would tell them to stretch their imaginations to find ideas that could impact the way people think about a certain topic or idea,” she said. “If many people would find a field they love, studying and working with it becomes fun instead of time-consuming and boring.”

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