Katie Long ’11May 23, 2016
Ronald Dorsett ’16May 26, 2016
Alumni Spotlight: Ashley Pierce
Beef and Livestock Studies A.A.S.
Milk Shed Supply and Service Manager at Maple Hill Creamery
Where You'll Find Her Now
I am currently employed at Maple Hill Creamery as the Milk Shed Supply and Service Manager. We produce a variety of 100% organic, grass fed, whole milk dairy products. I’m also going to grad school for Sustainable Food Systems at Green Mountain College. There’s never a dull day and every free moment is filled with work, homework, or dog training!
Hands-On Experience at SUNY Cobleskill
There was a lot of hands on work in my degree, both in the labs and in the classroom. I think that it not only kept things interesting and engaging, but also helped to expose me to a lot of different aspects of beef and livestock.
Both Professor Steve Mackenzie and Professor Dave Thompson had a positive impact on me during my time at Cobleskill. Dave Thompson cared so much about his students and was genuinely interested in what he was teaching. He gave me a solid foundation to be able to move forward with beef and livestock. I also took canine classes with Steve Mackenzie and he was the same way: caring, genuine, with a sincere passion for his subject. I’ve actually continued to train dogs to this day because of him.
"There’s always something happening or a new product we’re developing. We’re changing the world from the ground up and just being a part of that process is exciting and definitely a reward."
Just being associated with Maple Hill Creamery, I feel, is an achievement in and of itself. There’s always something happening or a new product we’re developing. We’re changing the world from the ground up and just being a part of that process is exciting and definitely a reward. This summer I’ll be headed off to Africa – more specifically Zimbabwe – to study Holistic Management at the Savory Institute.
Students, Take Note
There are definitely a lot of opportunities at SUNY Cobleskill. Make sure you say yes more than you say no because you never know what you’ll stumble on.