Dairy Management (Minor)

Dairy Management (Minor)
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What is dairy management?

Learn the fundamentals of running a dairy farm in this minor, from caring for the animals to managing the business end of the operation. In addition to courses in animal science, including biology, animal health, nutrition, genetics and reproduction, you’ll be introduced to areas such as agribusiness finance, personnel management and public relations. Combine this minor with a major in animal science, biology or sustainable agriculture to enhance your career opportunities or prepare for future graduate studies.

Why study dairy management at UNH?

At UNH, you’ll have exceptional access to hands-on learning opportunities through our modern dairy facilities, the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center and the Burley-DeMerritt Organic Dairy Research Farm. We’re also one of only four 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 career areas

  • Agribusiness
  • Biology
  • Business management
  • Extension
  • Farm management
  • Farm ownership
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Product sales
  • Research
Contact

Extension Dairy Specialist
PROFESSOR
Phone: (603) 862-1909
Office: Agriculture, Nutrition, & Food Systems, Keener Dairy Research Building, Durham, NH 03824
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Curriculum & Requirements

Learn the fundamentals of running a dairy farm in this minor, from caring for the animals to managing the business end of the operation. In addition to courses in animal science, including biology, animal health, nutrition, genetics and reproduction, you’ll be introduced to areas such as agribusiness finance, personnel management and public relations. Combine this minor with a major in animal science, biology or sustainable agriculture to enhance your career opportunities or prepare for future graduate studies.

A minor in Dairy Management consists of 20 credits with C- or better and a 2.0 grade point average in subjects that the minor department approves. Courses taken on the pass/fail basis cannot be used for a minor. No more than 8 credits used to satisfy major requirements may be used for the minor.

Required Courses
AAS 425Introduction to Dairy Herd Management4
ANSC 710Dairy Nutrition4
ANSC 715Physiology of Lactation4
Select 8 credits from the following:
AAS 423Dairy Selection2
ANSC 650Dairy Industry Travel Course1
ANSC 698Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM) (must be taken for 2 semesters)4
ANSC 728Advanced Dairy Management II4

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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