Hello!  Thanks for stopping to read my blog! My name is Rebecca Kern and this blog is meant to share stories and information regarding the importance of laboratory feeds testing to livestock producers.  My passion for animal agriculture spurred from working part time on a small dairy operation near St. Joseph, MN.  This lead me to the University of Wyoming in pursuit of a bachelors degree in Animal Sciences.  After graduation, an internship at the United States Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in Clay Center, Nebraska inspired me to continue on to graduate school to study animal nutrition through a very focused laboratory project researching the relationship between beef feed efficiency traits, rumen physiology and gene expression.  After graduate school I had the privilege of remaining at USMARC for another year gaining experience with swine before starting my current position.  I began working as an animal science consultant at Ward Laboratories, Inc. located in Kearney, NE in June of 2016.  In the past year, I have realized how much information needs to be shared with producers and have gained many antidotes from my customers.  I learn from our customers everyday and I hope to share the knowledge gained by their experiences through this blog.