Emily O’Meara


I am originally from Rockford, IL where the closest experience I had with agriculture was riding horses. This changed when I moved to central Kansas where the typical way of life is predominantly focused on agriculture. In High school I started milking cows at a small dairy farm, where I found my passion and purpose in life.
From the moment I started working with cows I knew I wanted to be a part of the dairy industry.

With my newfound passion, I attended Iowa State University where in 2020 I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Dairy Science. As an undergraduate student I worked at Iowa State’s teaching and research farm as a farm hand. With my love of dairy and science I decided to get involved in a ruminant physiology research group. This sparked my interest in pursuing a master’s degree in dairy nutrition. I am now a first-year master’s student under Drs. Cardoso and Drackley where I will be studying rumen protected amino acids during the transition period.

My career aspiration is to obtain a position that allows me to be on farm while working to benefit the overall dairy industry. I am currently thinking of pursuing a career in either consulting or research and development. I am excited to be a part of the dairy focus group and can not wait to see where it leads me.

Email eomeara2@nospam661b61d811664.illinois.edu