Student Blogs

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May 9, 2012

Fabian Menalled, a cropland weed specialist from Montana State University, came to expand our horizons and open our minds with how we view and use cropland for production during a Sustainable Seminar Series lecture. He spoke a lot from his experience with growing wheat. His main point was that even in “simple” monoculture wheat-fallow systems there are myriad multi-trophic interactions. As growers and stewards of the land we must take these interactions into account to make well-informed, educated decisions. It is daunting, but it is possible.

May 9, 2012

Over winter break I had the pleasure of visiting the island of Oʻahu, the third largest island in Hawai’i.  The most interesting and beautiful part of my visit was working with the owners of an off-the-grid 25-acre farm with about ten acres in production.  They grow their food organically and sustainably on this highly diversified agro-ecosystem.  The most popular entrance to the farm entails parking on one side of the river, walking across a narrow foot bridge meant only for nimble feet, and walking a short path to the fields and buildings which mark the center

May 9, 2012

For my last blog, I will be writing about how UNH—again—is providing you with more opportunities, than you might think, in which to get involved during your time here.  If you are a COLSA major, a Pre-veterinary major, or just interested in veterinary medicine, you can join the pre-vet club.  The club members take trips during the semester to different veterinary hospitals, colleges, and they have informative guest lecturers come and speak with the group.  If the bovine industry is more your scene, UNH has a dairy club to satisfy all of your urges.  They also tak

May 8, 2012

I came to COLSA looking for direction. I had already spent a year in COLA, undeclared in liberal arts, and a semester trying my hand in CEPS, studying electrical engineering.  As interesting as these subjects were on their own, I did not love them enough to dedicate four years to them. It took a bit of self-reflection, some educational exploration, and suggestions from complete strangers for me to find my way to COLSA, which has since been a definitive part of my life.

May 8, 2012

“I should take a seven hour Saturday class, you say?” 

May 4, 2012

Before you can help others, you typically need a base of knowledge to refer to.  I refer to my Advanced Dairy Management II class at the Thompson School, which allows for students with previous experience in Dairy Management classes—or other approved, extensive experience—to evaluate dairy cattle housing, milking equipment, milk quality, record keeping, and herd health along with financial, personnel management, and environmental issues.

May 1, 2012

For my last post, I wrote about the sustainability seminar on campus that focused mainly on how to integrate livestock with the crop business, but this time I plan on focusing on how to maximize this idea.  This past week Dr. Santiago A. Utsumi, an Animal Science professor at the University of Michigan, came to UNH to discuss the sustainable approaches to pasture-based dairy systems.

April 30, 2012

At the UNH Fairchild Dairy Barn there are many learning and research opportunities available to students.   Some classes that are offered, with hands-on experience at the barn, are Artificial Insemination, Dairy Cattle Behavior, Dairy Management, and Cooperative Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM).  However, today I would like to focus on the research aspects at the barn.  Currently, there are several studies going on at the barn, including research on kelp, rumen lysine, and fertility.

April 23, 2012

Usually when I end up checking my emails, I find myself deleting most of them assuming that it is junk mail and a waste of time.  An example of this is the weekly UNH emails; I end up tossing that right into the trash bin.  But this past week I decided to read them. 

April 23, 2012

In my Biology 412 lab, we recently took a field trip to the greenhouse conservatory on campus near the visitor’s office. My classmates and I rushed out of the classroom, hurried to the bus, and arrived at the conservatory minutes later. We were handed clipboards and a worksheet that we needed to fill out while observing the inhabitants that surrounded us on all sides. Once the equipment was handed out, three of my classmates and I split up to form our own group and began exploring.

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