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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-RIVER FALLS

River Falls, Wisconsin

Key Dairy Activities:

1. Spring 2011- Host Midwest regional dairy challenge
2. ADSA-SAD Midwest regional meeting
3. Falcon Premiere-biannual dairy heifer consignment sale

Student Statistics:

Dairy Science major: Yes
Dairy Option: No
# Dairy Science Students: 150
# Animal Science/Dairy: 0
# Students intending to pursue a dairy career: 250
Percent going to vet school: 10%
Percent in ag research: 10%
Percent of dairy grads entering the industry: 90%
Percent going back to home farm: 40%
Average salary: N/A

Dairy Herd Information:

# cows: 70
Breed(s): Holstein and Jersey
Student labor: Yes
Used for research: Yes

Course Work:

Internship required for graduation: Program Dependent
Assistance finding jobs or agriculture internships: Yes
Opportunities to work on dairy farms while attending school: Yes
Courses:Ag Business, Ag Education, Crop & Soil Science, Horticulture, Geology, Environmental Science, Conservation, Animal Science (equine emphasis or meat animal emphasis), Food Science, Ag Engineering Technology, Marketing and Communication

Travel Opportunities:

Tours of local dairy farms are key components for several courses. With regard to management styles, the senior-level dairy management course takes a Dairy Challenge, problem-solving approach to working with local operations. Students travel for Dairy Challenge, Academic Quadrathlon, Puentes program (Central America), ADSA meetings (national and regional). Students travel internationally primarily through participation in the internship program (typically Australia or New Zealand) or Semester Abroad study programs. Recently, students have spent a study abroad semester in Switzerland, Germany, and France.

Additional Information:

The UWRF Dairy Club manages a consignment heifer sale every other year. Students are heavily involved with cattle selection, cattle preparation, and advertising. The College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Science features over 15 student organizations. Students participate in the Academic Quadrathlon with the winning team participating in the regional ADAS meetings in March of each year.

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