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Derek Donnelly
Ellsworth, WI


I grew up in western Wisconsin, near Ellsworth, Wisconsin. My family hauled milk to the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery for over 50 years, and I had the privilege of growing up learning more about agriculture by riding along on the route since the age of two. I have shown beef cattle since the age of six, when my brother and I started showing some of our shorthorn beef cattle that we have at home. I was involved with Ellsworth wrestling since third grade and had the privilege of being on the team when Ellsworth won team state in 2011 and received runner up last year. I have been involved in 4-H and FFA for many years. I hope to continue to learn more about the many aspects of the dairy industry.


(715) 821-8029


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Work History

Babcock Hall Dairy Plant
Part Time Plant Employee
Employed since January 2013

Bowen Milk Hauling, LLC
Milk Hauler
Employed from June 2012 to January 2013

-Made certain that patron orders were filled by the retail store in a timely fashion
-Coordinated milk transport to guarantee on-time pick up and delivery of milk
- Evaluated milk for quality and ensured absence of obvious contamination
-Took samples from each bulk tank to be tested by either Ag Source or the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery lab
-Gained more knowledge and hands-on driving experience with Class B Commercial Driver's License with Tank and Air Brake endorsements
-Entered weight and temperature information onto load manifests for later processing

Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery
Part Time Cheese Department Employee
Employed from June 2012 to August 2012

-Developed loads and shipping labels for 500 pound barrels of white cheddar cheese

-Collected quality control samples from each vat of cheese

-Packaged 40 pounds of cheese curds frozen by carbon dioxide into boxes

Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery
Part Time Sales Room Employee
Employed from June 2010 to June 2012

-Educated customers on a variety of cheeses and assisted with cheese sales
-Packaged fresh cheese curds into one pound, five pound, and twenty pound bags
-Cut, wrapped, and stocked a variety of cheeses and placed them into the salesroom cooler