West Virginia University

Dairy Science in the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences

Students interested in Dairy Science enroll in the Division of Animal and Nutritional Science and pursue specialized courses in dairy heifer management, dairy herd production, and dairy cattle selection/judging courses in addition to coursework in animal science and general agriculture (nutrition, reproduction, physiology, genetics, economics, business management, agronomy, and veterinary science).

Extracurricular Activities
WVU Dairy Science Club

  • Members travel throughout the United States and Canada to dairy shows, farm tours, and educational conferences.  As a chapter of the American Dairy Science Association’s Student Affiliate Division, the club also competes for a number of awards at regional and national meetings.  For more information contact wvudairyscienceclub@hotmail.com.

Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Team

  • After practice sessions throughout the mid-Atlantic, the team competes at the Eastern States Exposition, the All-American Dairy Show, and the World Dairy Expo.  Judging trips also include stops at several high-profile dairy farms including Arethusa and the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm.

North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge

  • Dairy Challenge combines classroom education with practical application in a competition where teams evaluate strengths and weaknesses of dairy operations.  In concert with the farm goals, teams then make a formal presentation on practices and methods to improve the operation.  Teams have recently competed in New York, Mississippi, North Carolina, Kentucky, and California at regional and national contests.

Career Options
While in college, students are encouraged to work in dairy related jobs to prepare them for careers in dairy farm management, dairy food processing, extension, research, teaching or other dairy specialty fields. Graduates also are prepared for further training in diverse areas in the health sciences (medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, veterinary medicine) and graduate school.

Division of Animal & Nutritional Sciences
P.O. Box 6108
Morgantown, WV 26506-6108
(304) 293-1935

Dr. Robert A. Dailey, Professor
G040 Agricultural Sciences Building
(304) 293-1865