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Shaye Koester: President

Shaye Koester is currently a senior in the Animal Science program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she also minors in Engler Entrepreneurship and Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars. Shaye is originally from Steele, ND where her roots run deep in the beef industry. Shaye is passionate about innovation and communication in the beef industry. This has led her to start her podcast, Casual Cattle Conversations. Shaye spends her time on campus involved in the Block & Bridle club, Engler Program and Lutheran Center. Upon completing her undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences, Shaye plans to continue building her career in the beef industry by using her passion and entrepreneurial spirit to navigate her path in life.

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Lauren Ahlers: Vice-President: Pork

Hi, my name is Lauren Ahlers, and I am a junior from Rosalie, Nebraska. I am currently majoring in Animal Science with both Pre-Vet and Food Animal Production and Management options, as well as, minoring in the Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars Program. Upon completion of my undergraduate studies, I hope to be accepted into Nebraska’s Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine and become a production animal veterinarian in a rural community. I joined Block & Bridle during my freshman year in the hopes of staying in touch with my agricultural background while attending college in the city. The club’s activities and members have helped me to network with industry professionals, give back to the agricultural community, and make new friends. This is my second year as an officer, and I am looking forward to connecting our club with the swine industry. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns don’t hesitate to contact me at lauren.ahlers@gmail.com.

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Malina Lindstrom: Vice-President: Beef

Hello all, my name is Malina Lindstrom! I am a junior double majoring in Animal Science and Agricultural Communications with a minor in Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars. I grew up in Elm Creek, Nebraska, on a fifth-generation row crop farm and cow/calf operation where I also run my own cows. I have a love for showing cattle and hogs and have traveled the country going to shows. In the future, I am excited to continue to expand my cow herd and pursue a career in livestock marketing and communications. I joined Block and Bridle as a freshman to develop relationships with fellow livestock enthusiasts and continue learning about our industry. As a first-year officer and Vice President of Beef, I am excited to bring as many new experiences and networking opportunities to our members as possible. I am also a part of the UNL Livestock Judging Team and Yeutter Trade Fellowship. And outside of college, I serve on the Nebraska Junior Hereford Association Board of Directors and am very involved with national breed associations. I am excited to serve our Block and Bridle members this year and proudly represent UNL Animal Science. Please feel free to contact me with any questions at mlindstrom6@unl.edu.

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Lauren Reiling: Secretary

My name is Laura Reiling and I grew up in Malcolm, Nebraska. I am currently a Sophomore majoring in Animal Science with a Meat Science option and minoring in the Beef Industry Scholars Program. I am currently serving as the secretary for Block and Bridle and am excited to be an officer as it will give me an opportunity to get further involved within the club, meet new members, and contribute to important decisions. After obtaining my Bachelor’s degree, I plan to attend graduate school and pursue a career as a research and development scientist in the meat industry.

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Kathlyn Hauxwell: Treasurer

My name is Kathlyn Hauxwell and I am an Animal Science Major with the Food Animal Production and Management option. Additionally, I am minoring in the Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars and am in the UNL Honors Program. My hometown is McCook, Nebraska where my family owns cow/calf, commodity row crop, backgrounding feedlot, and cattle hauling operations. I joined Block and Bridle my freshman year to become more involved in the livestock industry and make new connections. I am also a member of both the Horse and Livestock Judging Teams, the president of the Sigma Alpha-Alpha Delta Sorority, and an Animal Science Ambassador. Additionally, I have worked on four research experiences with Dr. Benny Mote, Dr. Gary Rohrer, Dr. Tami Brown-Brandl, and Dr. James MacDonald. I love being involved on and off campus and shedding a bright light on UNL, CASNR, Animal Science, and can’t wait to see what this next year has for Block and Bridle!

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Abigail Warm: Historian

Howdy everyone! I’m Abigayle Warm, a sophomore here at the University of Nebraska and current Historian for Block n Bridle. I Grew up on family farm in Staplehurst, NE raising and showing livestock and horses. I’m pursuing a degree as an ag communications major with minors in the Animal Science and Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars minors. My goal has always been to have a career that combines my love for good cattle and horses and be an avid voice for the agricultural industry that I have an innate passion for. Rodeo is another lifelong goal and dream of mine, which I chase through competing as a member of the UNL Rodeo team in barrel racing and amateur rodeos and futurities. Through B&B, I’ve had the opportunity to network in the fields of my interest, and I hope to use my experience as a historian to aid in building my publication’s portfolio.

Though it’s my first year as an officer for our club, I’m no stranger to holding leadership positions in ag-related organizations as I love helping people find their place. Feel free to contact me via email at awarm2@huskers.UNL.edu.

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Tyson Olson: Marshall

Hey! My name is Tyson Olson, and I am a junior from Dawson, Minnesota. I come from a cow/calf operation where I also raise poultry and occasionally pigs. I am majoring in Animal Science with a Veterinary Science option. Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I aspire to become a mixed animal veterinarian in a rural area. I joined Block and Bridle my freshman year to find people who shared my passion for agriculture. As a first-year officer, I hope to recruit new member, learn about the industries I am interested in, and make many new friendships. Outside of school I enjoy working with livestock, hanging out with friends, and being active. If you have any questions, comment, concerns or you just want to chat, you can contact me at tysonolson@hotmail.com.

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Lauren Kaliff: Ambassador

Hello & welcome! My name is Lauren Kaliff and I am an agribusiness major with an animal science minor. Back home in York, Nebraska, my family farms corn and soybeans and I’ve raised and shown pigs since I was little. I joined Block & Bridle to learn more about agriculture and build long lasting connections with others who are also passionate about this great industry. This will be my first year as an officer and I’m excited to continue to get more involved in serving the club while making friendships and growing professionally. If you have any questions about joining or just want to chat, feel free to email me at kaliff.lauren@gmail.com.

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