The Dairy SMF unit manages a Holstein herd with assistance from faculty and farm staff.
The Dairy SMF's goals are to improve production, health and
longevity of the herd through genetic advancements.
improvement may be done through the use of reproductive technologies,
including flushing, embryo transfer and genetic marketing. With improved
genetic potential, students may have the opportunity to show cattle in
As well, unit members 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. SMF teams also advocated for a new dairy facility and helped with planning the Dairy Learning Centre
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.
Before the new dairy centre opened in 2017, the dairy herd had a mixed Jersey and Holstein herd of 47 lactating cows.Now 120 lactating cows are part of a 290-head herd,
At the end of the academic year, the SMF unit shares its real-world results in their final presentation.