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Shaye Koester

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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Malina Lindstrom

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.

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Emma Schmidt

Emma Schmidt is currently a sophomore majoring Animal Science Food Animal Production & Mngt with a Engler Entrepreneurship minor. Emma’s Hometown is Bridgman, Michigan. Her interest in livestock started young and not with a usual animal but a llama. As she grew her livestock knowledge grew to include sheep, pigs, poultry in addition to her main project of llamas. Emma was involved in both 4-H and FFA in high school which allowed her to begin her foundation flock of show sheep. While she has been on the campus of Nebraska-Lincoln she has increased her knowledge to include cattle and horses through her involvement in Block and Bridle. As part of the National Convention planning committee, Emma is looking forward to helping showcase the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s many assets such as the Dairy, and the Engler Entrepreneurship program. She hopes that hosting the National Convention at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will help bring interest into the hidden gems of the livestock industry and CASNR.

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