Our 2022 All West Summer Internship came to an end for John Alamo and Billy Marchy on Friday, August 12, 2022. These successful young men are hard workers, quick learners, and obviously passionate about the dairy industry. We have no doubts that they are going to accomplish great things upon their college graduations! Thank you to our team members and customers who graciously hosted their experiences over the past eight weeks.
Read on to learn more about the end of their internship experience and watch the video below to hear from them directly!
2022 All West Summer Intern, John Alamo:
Billy and I started off the last two weeks by working with Dairy Marketing Director Tony De Mello to compare Select Sires’ young sire program to others in the industry. We then traveled to multiple dairies scouting out Select Sires daughters for people to come look at while on tours in the west. The next day we rode along with Dairy Program Specialist Rodney Paulo and had the opportunity to escape the valley heat to deliver semen to the Cal Poly Dairy and the Lompoc Correctional Institution’s dairy.
For our last day in the south valley, Billy and I rode along with Director of Dairy Programs Angie Kennedy. We were able to go to multiple herds to do linear evaluations on cows as well as use the Select Mating Service (SMS) Program. For the next couple of days, we worked at the Turlock office in the warehouse with Rocky Moitoso and Gio Hoeut. It was a great experience to see how they move and track all the inventory in the warehouse. Then, we were able to ride along with Brian Nelson, having the opportunity to complete linear evaluations on our own and learn more about how the SMS Program works. Finally, for our last couple of days, we learned about All West’s beef-on-dairy program from Wayne Glaeser and how that is a rapidly growing side of the industry.
I can’t believe this internship has come to an end. It has been an amazing experience and I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to be one of the 2022 All West Summer Interns. Through this experience, I have been able to learn the ins and outs of the A.I. industry from some of the best in the business. I was able to practice Cal Poly’s “Learn by Doing” motto throughout All West Territory by traveling across California and Washington. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has helped me throughout the summer. I have truly felt like part of the All West Family from the beginning.
Thank you again for everyone that helped make this internship possible. It has been an amazing experience and I have learned so much over these last 8 weeks. It was an honor to have been part of the All West Family.
2022 All West Summer Intern, Billy Marchy:
This summer has truly been an exciting, adventurous, and quite fast one, too! I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be the 2022 All West Summer Intern and have had the chance to learn from such great men and woman. In numerous occasions, the conversations held riding around with salesman, in the office talking about genetics, or simple looking at cows made my experience even more enjoyable.
We were able to wrap up our internship spending time on the computer comparing programs with Tony De Mello. This information would help compare All West’s young sire program to others in the industry. Following up, we scouted out potential daughters for the upcoming tour provided by World Wide Sires during the World Dairy Expo tours. John and I would travel to Tulare for one final trip with Rodney Paulo and Angie Kennedy. Here we visited the Cal Poly dairy dropping off semen and the Lompoc Federal Prison dairy. This is where inmates were able to work on a dairy, providing milk for the prison and several others in the surrounding areas.
Following our last trip in Tulare, we spent some time in the warehouse with Rocky and Gio. During our time in the warehouse we were able to fill orders, unpack semen, and learn the ins and outs of how they stay so accurate every year. Staying in the Turlock area, John and I rode with Brian Nelson getting to do linears and talk genetics. These last few days were spent with Wayne Glaeser, the beef-on-dairy expert. He challenged us to learn why this huge shift is occurring and how it can be profitable for dairy producers by doing some math, beef analysis, and simple economics.
I would like to thank everyone who let us ride along, spend time with their family, and most of all help John and I grow as we continue in the dairy industry. The All West internship has been a great opportunity and this was a summer I will never forget!
Are you interested in joining the All West Family as our 2023 All West Summer Intern? We will be accepting your applications October 1st – January 1st! For more information, visit our website this fall.