Lakeland College’s second-year Animal Science Technology students Caity Anderson and Jordan Stefaniuk joined Lakeland instructor Geoff Brown in Kazakhstan in fall 2016. Brown was Lakeland’s representative in an Alberta delegation that was in the former Soviet Republic from Oct. 20-30.
The group included people from the Alberta government and cattle breed associations, as well as livestock exporters. With a climate and landscape similar to Alberta’s, the Kazakhstan government turned to the Alberta and Canadian governments a few years ago for help developing their industry. It’s the third time since 2013 that Lakeland has been part of a delegation that travelled to Kazakhstan.
Recognizing what a great learning experience the trip to Kazakhstan would be for Lakeland students, two spots were offered to students in the beef stream. To apply, students had to write an essay on what the experience would provide to them personally and professionally, and explain what they would bring back to Lakeland.
During meetings in Kazakhstan, the students provided their insight on being a Lakeland student and the benefits of the learning model provided through Lakeland’s Student-Managed Farm (SMF) – Powered by New Holland.
To read more about the trip and the students’ experiences, click here.