What is CREAM?
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.

The Mission
The mission of CREAM is to provide students with a unique experiential learning model that will help them to understand:

  1. the applications of science to the management of a dairy herd
  2. how to work with other team members in a cooperative venture
  3. the work and decision-making skills required in production agriculture
  4. how to manage and operate a small business

The CREAM program is aimed towards building the students’ leadership, communication, and teamwork skills.  This course is a great hands on educational experience; more importantly it is an experience for students to grow and learn to work in a professional setting.

CREAM will provide an experiential learning opportunity to University of New Hampshire Animal Science, Dairy Management and Pre-veterinary students as well as students from other majors. Students will learn about production agriculture and how to work in a group as they operate and manage the CREAM herd. The success of the CREAM program will ensure its continuance as well as promote the class, the Animal Science/Dairy Management program, the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture and the University of New Hampshire. 

The Herd Mission
With regard to the herd, CREAM's mission is to provide a clean, comfortable environment for our cows and to manage them in such a way as to maintain a healthy, contented herd, which will produce high quality milk in an economical and sustainable manner. We will strive for genetic improvement in both type and production. In addition, we will maintain the herd so that it projects a positive image as we use it to provide public education about the dairy industry.