If you want to support the next generation of dairy through your everyday feed purchase, submit your bid in our “Feed for the Future” Silent Auction! How does it work?

Purina Animal Nutrition is donating $5,000 worth of dairy feed to the Dairy Excellence Foundation to help support on-farm internships for college students in dairy-related fields of study. We are accepting bids from June 1-15, with the highest bidder announced on June 16th at A Toast to Dairy. (Note: You do not have to be present at the event to win.)

Each day throughout the auction, we’ll announce the highest bid on this page. Check back daily for updates, and submit your bids! The highest bidder can choose from a selection of Purina products up to a total value of $5,000.

The following categories of dairy feed apply: 

  • Calf Milk Replacer
  • Calf Starters & Growers
  • Heifer Feed
  • Dry Cow Feeds
  • Pre & Post-Fresh Feed
  • Lactating Cow Feed
    *Straight ingredients and commodities do not apply.

Bid Updates:

As of June 10, 2022, the highest bidder is Abraham Harpster of Evergreen Farms, Inc. at $6,500.

Fill out the form below to submit your bid and support young dairy professionals like Beckie!

I learned from the on-farm internship that I didn’t want to work as a farm manager full-time, but I still really liked being on the farm. During my next internship, I was inside in a lab setting. I enjoyed what I was doing but I missed being on the farm and talking to new people every day. With the Purina job opportunity, the thought of being able to interact with new producers every day really excites me. It combines both of my passions of talking to producers and interacting in the farm environment.

I’m really happy I was given all these opportunities to grow over the last four years, including the on-farm internship. Going from having no idea about what species I was interested in to now being so passionate about the dairy industry, I can really only thank the people who have given me opportunities and were so welcoming. So many people invited me to explore their sectors of the dairy industry and see what I would like.

Beckie Burns, a 2020 on-farm intern and now a Livestock Production Specialist at Purina Animal Nutrition

Note: Any bids up to $5,000 are not considered tax-deductible. Any bids over $5,000 will be tax-deductible. 

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