Our faculty members conduct research concurrently with teaching, exploring such topics such as reproduction, growth and lactation physiology; meat and dairy science and nutrition; and aquaculture.
Research opportunities are plentiful. Collect and analyze feed samples in beef, dairy and sheep nutrition laboratories. Analyze the hormone composition of blood in the bovine or equine reproductive physiology labs. Evaluate alternative uses of waste products from a meat processing facility. Care for animals at the beef, dairy and sheep centers. Paid positions are available.
National Agricultural Marketing Association: Join the student chapter and attend national meetings.
Agribusiness Club: Meet business leaders and potential employers
Student Idaho Cattle Association, Livestock and Meats Judging Teams, Block and Bridle: Visit farms and ranches. Practice judging and showing livestock.
Intern. Get real-world experiences likes these:
- Nancy M. Cummings Research, Extension and Education Center: Help feed and care for 400 crossbred mother cows at the University of Idaho’s ranch near Salmon, Idaho.
- Idaho Beef Council: Work on promotion and marketing for the beef industry.
- Livestock Marketing Information Center: Apply new decision making tools to determine how to successfully introduce products into the market.
. Deepen your understanding of your major—and the world—in countries like these:
- Mexico: Visit family operated ranches.
- Taiwan: Tour food production facilities.
- Australia: Visit a country that prizes its beef industry.
Facilities you will have access to include:
- Beef center with purebred cows
- Dairy center with milking Holsteins
- Sheep center with breeding Suffolk ewes
- Reproductive physiology labs
- Agriculture-biotech labs
- On-campus processing facilities for meat and dairy