Each spring, Lakeshore Technical College typically holds a graduation banquet in northeast Wisconsin for its graduating dairy students, but the past few years have not been typical. While they could not hold their formal banquet, the students in the nine-month program organized an event at a local dairy farm. The Kirsch family of Devin Acres opened their machinery shed to the students, their families, and the host farms to celebrate their achievements.
This year, seven students graduated from Lakeshore Technical College’s dairy management program. It was the first time that it was an all-female class. Each student received their plaque for completing the program by Craig Lallensack, the dairy herd and agricultural business instructor.
The Hoard’s Dairyman Award was presented to Lily Charapata from Coleman, Wis. She works for Cowtown Acres in Coleman. Owner Everett Yoap is a former Hoard’s Dairyman Award winner from 2011 and a huge supporter of LTC Dairy Herd Management program. Lily also has a passion for Ayrshire and Jerseys. She will be continuing her studies at Lakeshore Technical College next fall to earn an associate's degree in Dairy Business Management.
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