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Employee Profile:

ARIEL
GARLAND

BY ANN LOUISE SANTOS

N

ew England native Ariel Garland occupies a unique position
at Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition-that of joint employment.
The dairy nutritionist and calf and heifer specialist spends half
of each month working for Phoenix and the other half working
for Purina.
Ariel brings fresh enthusiasm to her role, telling Perspectives,
"I am excited to bring my previous experience on farm and with
Purina to the Phoenix team in a calf and heifer support role. I
look forward to having a local presence in the market and providing producers with calf and heifer programs that meet their
individualized goals."
While growing up in Massachusetts on the border of New
Hampshire and Vermont, Ariel was drawn from a young age to
pursue a career in the dairy industry.
"Growing up, I spent a lot of time next door with my grandparents, who were proud retired farmers. My grandmother still
fondly tells me about the registered herd of Holsteins her and my
grandfather built and how selling them was one of the saddest
days she lived through. So, though I didn't grow up on a farm I
feel like it's in my blood and I was drawn to it at a young age. I
truly enjoy my work because I'm able to problem solve, learn,
and provide producers with useful information."
Ariel's mother encouraged her participation in the local dairy
4-H group, where her passion for the dairy industry truly started-and grew. She adds, "I leased and showed cows from Echo
Farm in Hinsdale, New Hampshire. As soon as I could I was
milking, feeding, and working in their pudding plant."
After earning an associate's degree in Dairy Production and
Management from SUNY Cobleskill (where she was club president and sale chair of the dairy cattle club, a member of the dairy
judging team, and an employee at the campus dairy farm), Ariel
transferred to Cornell University.
"I finished with a bachelor's degree in animal science and a minor in Ag Business. Luckily, when I transferred to Cornell I had
gotten most of my electives out of the way at Coblekill and was
able to focus my studies primarily on ag-related courses. I was
also active in Cornell's dairy cattle club and was honored to be
on the winning national dairy challenge team."
Since graduation, Ariel hasn't let the proverbial grass grow under her feet. She accepted a dairy nutrition consulting role with
Land O'Lakes Purina Feeds working in Eastern New York, spent
a month in Mexico learning Spanish, and assumed a calf and
heifer manager role at Woodnotch Farm Inc. in Shoreham, Vermont.
After years spent immersed in different areas of the dairy in-

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dustry, Ariel has clearly spent time reflecting on the current and
future challenges in the field. While she finds it both challenging
and fun to be part of the learning and growth needed to keep up
with the ever-changing industry, she is also a pragmatist.
"I don't need to tell anyone about the many external challenges
facing the dairy industry today that make working in the field a
challenge. In today's world, where most consumers are so far
removed from farming, we not only face milk pricing challenges
but consumer-related concerns that directly influence business
decisions being made on farm. I believe these external challenges
will only become heavier and that will make it even more important to work with farm teams to control internal factors influencing farm success."


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