Our faculty members conduct research concurrently with teaching, exploring such topics as reproduction, growth and lactation physiology; meat and dairy science and nutrition; and aquaculture.
On-campus research opportunities are plentiful. Collect and analyze feed samples in the dairy nutrition lab. Analyze the hormone composition of blood in the bovine reproductive physiology lab. Participate in lactation research in an agricultural biotechnology lab. Care for the animals at the dairy center. Paid positions are available.
Dairy Club: Sponsor the dairy symposium and judging contests, compete in regional and national dairy challenges, attend the Western Dairy Herd conference, and participate in spring field trips and cheese sales.
Livestock and Dairy Judging Teams, Prevet Club, Agribusiness Club: Visit farms, ranches and food processing plants. Evaluate livestock and dairy products. Meet potential employers.
Intern. Get practical experiences like these:
On-campus dairy center: Choose a short- or long-term internship. Pull calves and shadow the herd manager.
Dairy farm: Rotate through all phases of the operation from preparing feed to treating sick animals.
Milk processor: Participate in the business, from equipment maintenance to marketing.
Study abroad. Deepen your understanding of your major —and the world—in countries like these:
Mexico: Visit family owned dairy farms.
Taiwan: Tour food production facilities.
France: Spend time in a country that prizes its cheese.
In addition to the dairy center, you’ll have access to facilities such as these:
- Beef center with purebred cows
- Reproductive physiology labs
- Agriculture-biotech labs
- On-campus processing facilities for meat and dairy products