It's hard to describe the mix of joy, pride, and gratitude that I feel, knowing that just over 18 months ago, I applied to the MBA program at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business with an aspiration to transition from a career in pharmaceutical operations to one in agricultural operations, and today am realizing that dream through a summer internship at Ayers Brook Goat Dairy!

Over the summer, I will be helping Ayers Brook Goat Dairy track, analyze, and project their operating costs, in order to build an understanding around the unit economics of raising a dairy goat over its lifetime.  Our goal is to use this data to highlight areas for improvement and to plan our herd size in order to maximize profitability.  Because the ultimate mission of Ayers Brook Goat Dairy is to spur the development of a vibrant goat dairy industry within New England, it's so rewarding to know that the work I do here will eventually contribute to the success of another farmer in the area.

I knew an internship here was exactly what I wanted, but I had no idea just how awesome it would be until I started working! Because my project requires understanding how the farm operates on a day-to-day basis, I've spent my first week jumping into farm tasks such as milking, herding, bale wrapping, bedding pens, and feeding.  My days are long, my body is sore, and I'm always covered in mud (i.e. goat droppings), but I can say the hard work definitely pays off because it's informed me on how and when feed and bedding inventory moves through the farm, how I can model/track those costs, and how we can improve current processes for these items.  I love the balance between desk work and physical work and I'm fairly convinced I have the best MBA internship ever.

Besides the work, the team here is beyond dedicated to producing the finest goat milk through best practices in raising goats and growing feed crop.  It's thanks to them and their vision that I have a solid foundation and the encouragement necessary to complete my project here.  And last but not least, let's not forget the goats!  They are such entertaining animals and I'm so fortunate to have 500 new deviously affectionate furry friends to spend my summer with!

Divya Belavadi is an Operations Intern at Ayers Brook Goat Dairy.  When she's not beefing up on her tractor vocabulary or crunching numbers at the farm, she hopes to spend her free time this summer filling out her Vermont beer passport and learning how to contra-dance!  Originally from outside Philadelphia, she made her way up to New England last fall to earn her MBA at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business and has since fallen in love with Vermont!