Foxley on the farm
Molli Foxley didn’t have much farm experience before coming to LSU. Foxley, a senior in the LSU College of Agriculture majoring in animal sciences, now spends her mornings, afternoons, and even some free time out at the Ben Hur Central Research station.
Foxleys interaction with livestock began back in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, where cattle outnumber people 4 to 1. Her grandfather owned cattle feedlots so “interest in cows runs in the family.”
When coming to Baton Rouge, Foxleys originally planned to pursue a degree in animal science to use to go to vet school. After a change of plans and a meeting with her advisor, Foxley expressed her interest in a student worker position within the College of Agriculture. Her advisor then reached out to the staff at the Ben Hur Research Station.
“A couple days later I got and email from Mr. Tony Bridges, the research associate coordinator-manager, inquiring about my potential interest in working on the farm,” Foxley said. “I’ve been working over there ever since.”
With all the stresses of being a senior Foxley said, “The farm is actually my sanctuary from busy Baton Rouge life.”
She said she can step away from the hectic schedule of classes to work on a few of the three thousand acres the research station has to offer. From calf watch, palpitations, operating machinery, to working cows, she sees all the duties it takes to care for the farm as relaxation.
Since working on the farm for a little over a year and a half, Foxley sees herself doing similar work in the future.
“Cattle production is meant for me. I found something I really enjoy and have a desire to do the rest of my life. The hands-on experience I get there is exceptional and allows me to work daily on the facility preparing me for the future.”
Even with two jobs, classes, and taking care of her three dogs, Foxley is also very active in several student organizations. Foxley participates in Block and Bridle at LSU, LSU Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, and is co-social chair of Les Voyageurs, the student ambassador group for the College of Agriculture. She will be traveling to Poland later this semester with the Les Voyageurs.
Foxley is working on obtaining summer internship and applying for grad school.