Jake Fisher '21

Learning to do what he loves
UNH applied animal science major Jake Fisher '21

Jake Fisher ‘21 is an applied animal science major from Warner, New Hampshire. When not busy pursuing his degree at the UNH Thompson School of Applied Science, Jake raises dairy cattle and competes in cattle competitions throughout the Northeast and Midwest. This past year, two animals in his herd ranked third in the entire country and his herd also earned several nominations in the Junior All-American and All-American categories.

Jake is also a recipient of a scholarship from the New Hampshire 4-H program. Through this program, New Hampshire students may receive a $500 scholarship for each year of active New Hampshire 4-H participation, up to a maximum of $5,000 per year of UNH enrollment. 

COLSA: Why did you choose the Thompson School?

Jake Fisher: I chose the Thompson School because of the dairy facilities and what the program had to offer. It was also close to my home farm.

COLSA: What's your major and what makes it so interesting to you?

Jake: I’m an applied animal science major with a focus on dairy cattle management. I grew up raising and showing cows around New England as well as doing some national shows in Wisconsin and Kentucky every fall. In this major, I’m getting a comprehensive education in what I love to do.

COLSA: What are you planning to do after graduation?

Jake: After graduation I plan to return to my farm at home and fully manage our show herd of cows as well as do some work with the larger genetic companies focusing in embryo production.

COLSA: How is the Thompson School preparing you to achieve your goals?

Jake: The Thompson School is preparing me by giving me the knowledge and experiences that will help me be successful.

COLSA: What do you love most about the Thompson School and UNH?

Jake: I love the opportunities I’ve had and the doors that have opened thanks to my experiences and my involvement in competitions in my area of interest — specifically the Dairy Club, the Dairy Judging Team, and the quiz bowl teams.

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