Winter Traveling Dairy Management Class

The Winter Traveling Dairy Management class is an opportunity for students within the UMass Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences to tour dairy farms and dairy-related businesses with students and faculty from the six participating New England universities.  Students spend a week in early January touring in varying sections of the United States and Canada. While all dairy producers are in the business of producing milk, each does it in a way that is unique to the region and to the individual farm. Students learn first hand about the challenges that dairy producers face. The 2016 Dairy Travel Course (1credit P/F) visited Stonyvale Farm in Exeter, Maine, Northern Exposure Farm (sheep dairy) in Holden, Maine, Seal Cove Farm (goat dairy) in Lamoine, Maine, Piper Farms in Emden, Maine, Taylor Dairy Farm in St. Albans, Maine, Flood Brothers in Clinton, Maine, Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine, Conant Acres Farm in Canton, Maine and the dairy farms at the University of Maine and the University of New Hampshire. Students interested in participating in future years should contact

Mark Huyler, Ph.D.
413-545-2344
mhuyler [at] vasci [dot] umass [dot] edu

To read about the 2017 Winter Travelling Dairy Tour, click here.

Winter Traveling Dairy Tour 2017 photos

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Winter Traveling Dairy 2017 students and advisors from UMass, UNH, UMaine and UConn at the Penn State Dairy.

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Dr. Dave Marcinkowski from the University of Maine and students inspect the robotic facility at Mason - Dixon Farm.

Carissa Westrick of Vale Wood Farm touring the group through their processing plant and dairy.

Yvette Longnecker at PennEngland Farm tours the group through the milking parlor.

Students visit with Gay Rogers and her Ayrshires at Hameau Farm in Belleville, P

Students visit with Gay Rogers and her Ayrshires at Hameau Farm in Belleville, Pennsylvania.

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The students and faculty enjoy lunch provided by the Kulp Family Dairy as well as Phil’s insight into the dairy industry.

Winter Traveling Dairy Tour 2016 photos

Winter Traveling Dairy 2016 students and advisors from UMass, UNH, UMaine and UConn at Conant Acres Farm in Canton, Maine.

 

    Jess Petersen and Avery Sharp check out the calf hutches at Conant’s Dairy in Canton, Maine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Courtney Babcock and Sabryna Whitman make notes about the top quality herd at Conant’s Dairy in Canton, Maine. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Traveling Dairy 2016 students and advisors at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rotary milking parlor at Flood Brothers Farm in Clinton, Maine.

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Traveling Dairy Tour 2015 photos

    

Winter Travelling Dairy Tour 2015 participants Brooke Alnwick and Joe Therrien visit with Ayrshire calves at Forever Schoon Farms in Hermitage, P.E.I.

To read more about the 2015 Winter Travelling Dairy Tour, click here.

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