Animal Science Major: Dairy Management Option B.S.

cows at the organic dairy farm
Animal Science Major: Dairy Management Option B.S.

What is dairy management?

In dairy management, students learn all the fundamentals of running a dairy farm, from caring for the animals to managing the business end of the operation. In addition to core courses in animal science, including biology, animal health, nutrition, genetics and reproduction, students in the dairy program learn about areas such as agribusiness finance, personnel management and public relations.

Why study dairy management at UNH?

Our students have exceptional access to hands-on learning opportunities through UNH’s modern dairy facilities, the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center and the Burley-DeMerritt Organic Dairy Research Farm. UNH also is one of only three universities in the country to offer a student-run dairy through the Cooperative Real Education in Agricultural Management program, better known as CREAM. Students in the year-long program run an actual dairy cooperative, managing every aspect of the herd.

Potential Careers

  • Agribusiness
  • Business management
  • Community development
  • Extension Specialist
  • Farm management
  • Farm ownership
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Product sales
  • Research institutions
  • Research technician


Peter Erickson

Extension Dairy Specialist
Phone: (603) 862-1909
Office: Agriculture, Nutrition, & Food Systems, Keener Dairy Research Building, Durham, NH 03824
Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems
Kendall Hall
129 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824

Curriculum & Requirements

The ANSC: dairy management option is designed to provide students with solid training in areas important to the successful management of a dairy enterprise, for employment in related agribusinesses (e.g., pharmaceutical and feed industries), or for those wishing to pursue additional training leading to the M.S. or Ph.D. degree in dairy science or its related disciplines. Dairy management students receive training in areas such as nutrition, reproduction, diseases, genetics, lactation physiology, forages, agribusiness finance, personnel management, computer science, and public relations. The Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center and the Burley-DeMerritt Organic Dairy Research Farm are modern dairy facilities. The Fairchild Dairy houses 85 lactating Holstein cows plus a similar number of non-lactating animals. The Burley-DeMerritt Farm houses 50 lactating Jersey cows plus a small number of non-lactating animals. For additional information and answers to questions regarding the option in dairy management, email Dr. Peter Erickson.

Major Requirements

Foundation Courses
BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular4
BIOL 412Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology4
CHEM 403General Chemistry I4
CHEM 404General Chemistry II4
BIOL 528Applied Biostatistics I4
or BIOL 555 Experimental Design and Analysis Laboratory (EDAL)
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
Select from the following:5
Biological Chemistry
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
Requirements for All Animal Science/Dairy Management Option Majors
AAS 425Introduction to Dairy Herd Management4
AAS 439Fundamentals of Animal Health2
ANSC 406Careers in Animal Science1
ANSC 511Anatomy and Physiology4
ANSC 512Anatomy and Physiology4
ANSC 543Technical Writing in Animal Sciences (or equivalent) 12
ANSC 609Principles of Animal Nutrition4
ANSC 612Genetics of Domestic Animals4
Total Credits55

Students are responsible for the completion of the animal science foundation courses and the requirements for all animal science majors (both lists of courses above).

Students interested in graduate school should take two semesters of Organic Chemistry and one semester of  Biochemistry.

Animal Science: Dairy Management Option B.S. students must also complete:

AAS 423Dairy Selection2
AAS 432Introduction to Forage and Grassland Management3
AAS 574Dairy Cattle Disease Seminar2
ANSC 602Animal Rights and Societal Issues4
ANSC 650Dairy Industry Travel Course1
ANSC 698Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM) (two-semester course)4
ANSC 708Ruminant Nutritional Physiology3
ANSC 710Dairy Nutrition4
ANSC 715Physiology of Lactation4
or ANSC 724 Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination
ANSC 727Advanced Dairy Management I4
ANSC 728Advanced Dairy Management II (will also fulfill the Capstone requirement)4
EREC 411Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives4
Total Credits39

GPA Requirements for All Students in Animal Science

Students will be required to earn a C- or better in the foundation courses and all required courses for the animal science major to receive credit toward graduation. Students failing to do this will need to retake the course in order to receive credit.

Explore Program Details

CREAM is a student-run cooperative in which 25 UNH students operate and manage a small business consisting of a registered Holstein dairy herd. CREAM is a yearlong course that gives students the opportunity to gain hands on experience in working with the dairy cows. Each fall, the herd is passed on to a new group of students with the help of a transition team of student advisors, as well as dairy center personnel, and faculty advisors. CREAM has been operating at UNH since 1997 and has progressed as a program each year due to the dedication and commitment of the students, faculty, and dairy center staff.


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