Spring Intern Selected For Gardiner Angus Ranch Program

nicolegurley.jpgUniversity of Arkansas junior, Nicole Gurley, Huntsville, Arkansas, has been selected for the 2012 Gardiner Angus Ranch spring internship program. Nicole will complete her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in the spring of 2012. She plans to continue her education at Kansas State University with the goal of obtaining a degree in veterinary medicine, specializing in large animals.

Nicole stated, “This internship will be a great opportunity for me to work hands-on and gain a better understanding of all phases of the cattle industry from one of the premier operations. Coming from a cow-calf operation in northwest Arkansas, I realize my experiences are limited. An internship at Gardiner Angus Ranch will provide a wealth of knowledge and experience.”

As a GAR intern, Nicole will experience all day-to-day operations, including AI breeding, ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis, super-ovulation of donors, embryo collection, semen testing of sale bulls, preparation of sale cattle and conducting the annual spring sale.

In addition, she will receive training and assist in heat detection, record keeping, monitoring cows and calves for sickness, operating heavy equipment, feeding silage and hay, freeze branding, assisting in semen collection and bull evaluation, daily handling and moving of sale cattle.

In describing Nicole’s selection, Mark Gardiner stated, “We are impressed with Nicole’s persistence and discipline in her pursuit of this internship. Her intelligence, willingness to be challenged and passion for the beef industry are assets that will help determine her success in the future. We welcome Nicole to Gardiner Angus Ranch!”

The goal of the internship program is to increase the knowledge and ability of undergraduate students in ranch management and marketing of purebred cattle and to enhance their potential to become leaders in the livestock industry.

More information about the GAR Internship Program can be found at

Applications for the Fall 2012 internships are due March 15, 2012.

Gardiner Angus Ranch is a family-owned Angus ranching operation located near Ashland, Kansas. Gardiner Angus is dedicated to the production of quality beef from gate to plate. The Gardiners use their experience in beef cattle breeding, with state-of-the-art technology and data management, to produce Angus cattle that make documented contributions to the beef industry. The Gardiner operation registers more than 2,000 head of Angus cattle each year through the American Angus Association and encompasses more than 40,000 acres in southwest Kansas. The ranch is a founding member of U.S. Premium Beef, LLC.

For further information contact:

Deb Norton, Graphic Arts of Topeka, Inc., 785.354.8596, Ext. 114