Student-Managed Farm (SMF) - Dairy SMF
They have the chance to help out with the everyday jobs on the dairy. The team is also involved breeding cows, moving heifers, monthly herd health visits by the vet, milking, regular nutritional consultant visits and hoof trimming.
The team, faculty members and farm staff discuss management decisions including managing the herd, troubleshooting problems, and being involved with the overall maintenance of the dairy unit. They are also helping with the design of the new dairy facility for future students.
Team members use their previous knowledge, as many of them come from dairy farm backgrounds, along with what they have learned from the animal science technology program.
Currently the dairy has 47 lactating cows. Replacement heifers are kept, while bull calves are sold.