Murphy gains work experience at Pioneer Farm

October 29, 2013
Murphy gains experience at Pioneer Farm

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — “Students at the Pioneer farm are what make the operation run day to day,” said Cory Weigel, University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer Farm dairy enterprise manager.  “Employment at the Pioneer Farm is a great opportunity for students to work on a farm and to learn about production agriculture.” Michael Murphy, a graduating senior from Winnebago, Ill., has been an employee at the farm for two years.

Murphy is pursuing a degree in animal science with emphases in dairy and agribusiness. “My family has a dairy and grain enterprise that I have worked with all of my life,” said Murphy. Upon graduating in December, he plans to return to the family farm in Winnebago.

“Two years ago, Cory Weigel hired me to work on the Pioneer Farm’s dairy operation,” said Murphy. “I pitch in wherever I am needed on the farm. Sometimes I work up to 30 hours per week depending on the needs of the farm.” Murphy’s primary responsibilities include milking and feeding cows as well as cleaning the stalls. “Developing my ability to manage and handle dairy cows has been one of the most beneficial parts of working with the herd at the farm,” he said.

“Working at the farm has helped keep me focused on my education by taking what I have learned in the classroom and applying those concepts to the real world,” said Murphy. “It has really helped me to better understand what I am learning. At the farm I am able to learn about new technologies that many other operations don’t have yet. The new equipment at the farm provided by Case IH has given students like myself a great learning tool.”

“Michael has been a great asset to the UW-Platteville Pioneer Farm,” said Weigel. “He is a student who I believe works at the Pioneer Farm to learn and pick up ideas in order to make him more knowledgeable about what he wants to do with his future. We have learned from each other, which has made both of us more successful. It has been a pleasure working with him and he will be greatly missed when he graduates this December.”  

“I encourage students to visit the farm and learn how topics in class relate to the real world,” said Murphy “If a student has the opportunity to work at the farm, I would encourage them to do it because they can learn a lot.”

Contact: Cory Weigel, UW-Platteville Pioneer Farm, (608) 342-1328,

Written by: Ethan Giebel, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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