Aug. 18 2010 11:40 AM


Orono, Maine

Key Dairy Activities:

1. Student Dairy Show
2. Dairy seminar
3. Cooperative extension activities and events

Student Statistics:

Dairy Science major: No
Dairy Option: Yes
# Dairy Science Students: 0
# Animal Science/Dairy:16
# Students intending to pursue a dairy career: 10
Percent going to vet school: 35%
Percent in ag research: 100%
Percent of dairy grads entering the industry: 100%
Percent going back to home farm: 25%
Average salary: $30,000

Dairy Herd Information:

# cows: 40
Breed(s): Holstein
Student labor: Yes
Used for research: Yes

Course Work:

Internship required for graduation: Yes
Assistance finding jobs or agriculture internships: Yes
Opportunities to work on dairy farms while attending school: Yes
Courses:Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, Biology and Ecology, including Clinical and Laboratory Sciences, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Economics, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Forest Resources, Marine Sciences, Nursing, Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, and Wildlife Ecology.

Travel Opportunities:

New England Dairy Tour, Regional and National Dairy Challenge, Class farm tours, and NE Student Affiliate Annual Meetings and Competitions

Additional Information:

Since 2000, 41 of their 168 graduates have been accepted to veterinary colleges all around the USA and to colleges in Australia and Scotland. This is 24.4% of their graduates, which is a large percentage considering that Maine does not have a vet school and has no arrangements for preferential admission of our students to any vet school. The dairy herd is used as a teaching, research, outreach and work resource for our students who spend one to two semesters, managing the farm in the UMADCOWS, the University of Maine Applied Dairy Cooperative of Working Students. A minor in Animal Science is also available for students in other majors.

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