The Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center continues to be a hub of activity throughout the seasons. We had nearly 2100 visitors to the Dairy this past year for a variety of educational and research opportunities.
We offer frequent student tours for UNH classes – including for a group from the UNH Law School interested in the legal aspects of dairy farming – as well as other institutions and organizations. Over the course of the year, we led tours with a range of foci from the logistical basics of our milking operation to the scientific details of dairy nutrition for a variety of visitors from Dover High School, participants of the 4-H Teen Conference, Seabrook Elementary Summer School, YMCA group, and prospective pre-veterinary science students.
The Great Bay Community College veterinary technology class came to work with our heifers over the course of two days. And the students of the veterinary technology program at Dover High School observed Professor of Biology Dave Townson conducting an ultrasound on pregnant cows.
In January, Genex conducted an artificial insemination course at our facility. Later, the annual Little Royal Livestock show was held using our heifers and the CREAM experiential learning program hosted an open barn for the public.
Over the summer, the ever-popular annual NH Ag in the Classroom School to Farm program drew over 700 elementary students and teachers, and the Granite State Dairy Promotion open barn had roughly 900 visitors in attendance. In addition, we hosted the FFA interscholastic Dairy Competition at Fairchild Dairy last October.
Research activities remain vital to our operation, and include a:
- Continuation of the amino acid bioavailability study and reproductive studies
- New study comparing the conception of sexed and non-sexed semen with and without the addition of prostaglandin
- Study of the effects of feeding niacin to lactating dairy cattle
- Growth study with calves involving accelerated and conventional milk replacer and grain
- Study of the methane measurement in breath of lactating dairy cattle
Study of the methane measurement from silage, manure, and cropland.