Dairy cows in a class at Mann Valley Farm

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Why Study Dairy Science?

As a dairy science major, you’ll be prepared for all aspects of dairy cattle production and will be armed with knowledge and skills in genetics, health, nutrition and animal welfare. The Dairy Learning Center at UW-River Falls will provide you with extensive hands-on experience and you’ll have the option to focus on one of two emphases – science or management – allowing you to find your passion and focus your studies.

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Apply science-based knowledge and hands-on skills when working with dairy cattle.
  • Understand the genetics, breeding, nutrition, reproduction and health of dairy cattle at all stages of production and age.
  • Handle dairy cattle safely and effectively using best welfare and behavior practices.
  • Communicate effectively to a variety of audiences using valid and industry-specific information.
  • Evaluate and interpret scientific data.

 

Types of Courses

  • Animal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Applied Feeds & Nutrition
  • Dairy Cattle Breeding and Genetics
  • Dairy Cattle Nutrition
  • Dairy Herd Evaluation
  • Dairy Records
  • Genetics
  • Milk Processing
  • Physiology of Reproduction

“From day one, UWRF has exposed me to the many facets of agriculture. Since freshman year, I have been attending hands-on labs at Mann Valley Farm which is home to 100 head of cattle and the Dairy Learning Center. On the dairy farm, I can apply my coursework and carry out labs that take my learning to the next level with the professors right there to teach and involve us in the farm operation.”

 

– Cayley Vande Berg, dairy science - management emphasis, agricultural business minor


Potential Careers

With a degree in dairy science, you’ll be prepared for a wide variety of future roles, including:

  • Breed Association Representative
  • Calf Specialist
  • Dairy Cattle Classifier or Dairy Herd Manager
  • Milk Inspector or Milking Equipment Representative
  • Nutrition Consultant
  • Researcher or Research Laboratory Technician
  • Sire Analyst or Mating Specialist
  • Veterinarian/Veterinary Technician