Dairy Program

Faculty Advisors in Dairy Production and/or Manufacturing

Dr. Sheila Andrew (view bio)
Dr. Dennis D'Amico (view bio)
Dr. Gary Kazmer (view bio)
Dr. Amy Safran (view bio)

Dairy Production and Dairy Manufacturing Related Courses

  • ANSC 2691-01/ SAAS 290-01 Animal Science Field Excursions: New England Dairy Travel Course
  • ANSC 3261 Dairy Cattle Management
  • ANSC 3641 Animal Food Products: Dairy Technology
  • ANSC 3642W Scientific Writing in Animal Food Products- Dairy Technology
  • ANSC 3663 Dairy Management Decision Making
  • ANSC 3664 Dairy Cattle Evaluation
  • ANSC 3691-002/ SAAS 291-002 Professional Dairy Internships
  • ANSC 3693 Global One Health: Irish and US Perspectives on Dairy and Fish Farming
  • ANSC 4662W Dairy Herd Management
  • SAAS 363 Management Skills & Practices- Dairy Cattle I
  • SAAS 364 Management Skills & Practices- Dairy Cattle II
 
General Animal Science Courses that Support the Study of Dairy Science
  • ANSC 1001 Introduction to Animal Science
  • ANSC 1111 Principles of Animal Nutrition and Feeding
  • ANSC 2699/ SAAS 299 Independent Study
  • ANSC 3121 Principles of Animal Genetics
  • ANSC 3122 Reproductive Physiology
  • ANSC 3316 Endocrinology of Farm Animals                                      

A students in Animal Food Products: Dairy Technology making fresh mozzarella while Dr. D'Amico looks on.


 

Opportunities for Animal Science Majors with Dairy Focus

  • Extensive "hands-on" experience with dairy cows
  • Potential for student accommodations at the Kellogg Dairy Center
  • Student Employment at Animal Units (Contact Executive Program Director Mary Margaret Cole)
  • Student Employment at Creamery in ice cream production (Contact the Dairy Manufacturing Manager Bill Sciturro)
  • Laboratory Research in Dairy Food Science and Microbiology with Dr. D'Amico
 


ANSC Student Tierney Lawlor participates in daily milking


 

Arethusa Farm Scholarship for Animal Science Majors with Dairy Interest

The Anthony Yurgaitis and George Malkemus Arethusa Farm Scholarship was established in 2015 as a result of a generous donation by Anthony Yurgaitis and George Malkemus of Arethusa Dairy Farm in Litchfield, CT. 

In addition to owning Arethusa Dairy Farm, Anthony and George are top executives at the Manolo Blahnik shoe company. This year they held two Manolo Blanik sample shoe sales, the first in August in Bantam, CT and second in November in West Hartford the proceeds of which were donated to the scholarship fund.  Between the two sales, nearly $300,000 was raised from the sale of these designer shoes at discounted prices.  A video from the most recent sale can be seen here. 

These scholarships are awarded to full-time UConn Animal Science students with a demonstrated insterest in dairy science, dairy food processing, or dairy production.  The generous support from Arethusa Farm encourages these students to pursue careers in the dairy industry.
 



 

The UConn Dairy Herd

Our Kellogg Dairy Center is a modern computerized 100-cow freestall facility.  We milk in a 4-on-a-side parlor with automatic take-off's and automatic milk weight recording equipment.  Our herd consists of ~100 Holstein and ~30 Jersey cows and ~130 young stock.  The cows average ~28,000 lbs and ~18,000 lbs per lactation for Holsteins and Jerseys, respectively.  In addition to providing the milk used to make UConn Dairy Bar ice cream, the cows are also used to support our teaching, extension, and research programs.  For example, dairy heifers are shown by UConn students during both the Little "I" and the Dairy Show.



Recent Awards

  • AgriMark Top Quality Award-2011, 2013, 2015, 2016
  • Progressive Breeders Registry Award- 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Gold Winner in the National Dairy Quality Awards Program of the National Mastitis Council- 2013
 



Dairy Facilities

 

 


UConn Cheese Production

In addition to ice cream production, the UConn Creamery also produces limited batches of the following cheeses under the direction of Dr. D'Amico:

  • Husky Juusto
  • Queso Blanco
  • Traditional Mild Cheedar (mild, medium, sharp, extra sharp, and vintage)

These award winning cheeses are sold at the UConn Dairy Bar.

Creamery staff work to produce award winning UConn cheese

Our cheese awards include:

  • Big E Gold Medal Cheese Competitions
    • 2016
      • Green Chile Queso Blanco and Chipotle Pepper Queso Blanco- 2nd place silver medals in their categories
      • Queso Blanco- 3rd place bronze medal in the open category
    • 2015
      • Queso Blanco- 1st place gold medal in the open class
      • Chipotle Queso Blanco- 3rd place bronze medal in the flavored cheese category
    • 2014
      • Queso Blanco was awarded the 1st place gold medal in the open class
  • American Cheese Society Judging and Competition
    • 2016
      • Green Chile Queso Blanco took 3rd place in it’s category
    • 2015
      • Green Chile Queso Blanco took 3rd place in it’s category
    • 2014
      • Green Chile Queso Blanco took 2nd place in it’s category

 
 

Dairy Extension

The UConn Department of Animal Science is heavily involved in extension efforts in Connecticut and beyond.  Dr. Andrew and Dr. D'Amico participate in a number of outreach programs in the New England area.  Dairy extension activities include:

  • Involvement with local 4-H including Dairy and Beef Day hosted annually at the UConn Storrs campus
  • Annual New England Dairy Conference
  • Farm consultations on dairy nutrition and mastitis testing
  • Dairy production safety training and workshops
  • Extension based research identifying environmental sources of contamination and evaluating the persistence of pathogens in production facilities
  • Training for producers in control and monitoring activities to improve hygiene and reduce food safety risks
  • Comprehensive one-on-one technical assistance to troubleshoot quality and safety‐related issues in dairy production and manufacturing facilities
  • Technology transfer program provides technical expertise and laboratory testing services while assisting producers in the formulation and development of new products

   

 



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Department of Animal Science
Unit 4040
3636 Horsebarn Hill Road Ext.
Storrs, CT 06269-4040

George White Building Room 107
Open Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm
Phone: (860) 486-2413
Fax: (860) 486-4375
Email: AnimalScience@UConn.edu