WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
Key Dairy Activities:
1. Cougar Youth Weekend
2. Dairy Olympics
3. Cooperative University Dairy Students management of their dairy
Dairy Science major: No
Dairy Option: Yes
# Dairy Science Students: 0
# Animal Science/Dairy: 20
# Students intending to pursue a dairy career: 20
Percent going to vet school: 30%
Percent in ag research: 10%
Percent of dairy grads entering the industry: 100%
Percent going back to home farm: <10%
Average salary: N/A
Dairy Herd Information:
# cows: 160
Student labor: Yes
Used for research: Yes
Internship required for graduation: Yes
Assistance finding jobs or agriculture internships: Yes
Opportunities to work on dairy farms while attending school: Yes
Courses:Dairy Production (3 courses, Frosh/Soph, (2) and Junior/Senior (4); Core Animal Science (Reproduction, Nutrition, Genetics, Physiology, Animal Health and Welfare); Agricultural Business; and Crops and Soils.
Through various courses, Clubs, and other activities, approximately 10 field trips are made per year. Students also travel to Dairy Challenge, Purebred Cattle Association Meetings, Dairy Producer Meetings, Dairy Workshops, and Field trips. They routinely have students spending part of their education studying abroad.
Washington State University maintains a teaching herd that is entirely managed by the Cooperative University Dairy Student Group. They also provide almost all labor for the herd. The Dairy Club is one of two clubs that regularly attend and actively participate in the American Dairy Science Association Annual meeting, Student Affiliate Division. The Dairy Club is an active service group and the students participate in the Western Regional and National Dairy Challenge.
Washington State University tuition fees were reported incorrectly in the article about four-year educational opportunities in the September 10, 2010 issue, page 598. In-state tuition at WSU is $8,592 per year. Nonresidents tuition is $19,634.
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