Longtime Farm Bureau member and first-term State Representative Julie Alexander (R-Hanover) recently hosted several guests from the state capitol at her family’s third-generation dairy, Na-Lar Farms, near Hanover in southern Jackson County.
Among her guests was a peer from across the party aisle, State Representative Leslie Love (D-Detroit), who—in addition to having never visited a dairy farm—represents an urban constituency in Detroit and Redford Township.
Words weren’t necessary as Rep. Love’s facial expressions spoke volumes showing her awe and curiosity after her visit, but at the end of the day she shared her thoughts.
“It was all absolutely fascinating,” Love said. “From watching the robotic milker, to seeing the separation of cows during different life stages, to the breeding—I learned so much.”
She also learned about the farm’s dairy herd monitoring dashboard. (Related story)
After the tour the visitors enjoyed a bountiful, dairy-themed lunch thanks in part to a sponsorship from the United Dairy Industry of Michigan.
Rep. Love serves on the MiSTEM Advisory Council that developed recommendations to improve and promote innovation and collaboration in STEM education and prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.