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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.


N4521 970th Street

Hager City WI 54014

233 West Lakelawn Place

Madison WI 53703

(715) 821-8029


Not specified


University of Wisconsin- Madison
Agricultural Business Management
Attending since 2012

School Ellsworth High School
Graduated in 2012
  Attended from 2008 to 2012

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