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News From the Farms

Cris Amanda quints April 17Dorset sheep are known to give birth to one, two or maybe three lambs at once. However, on April 7, one of the Hadley farm’s ewes easily delivered not three or four, but five healthy lambs!

Beltie Mother and Daughter give birth on the same day! On June 20 Satin, our 11 year-old beltie, delivered a 55 pound heifer calf. Thirty minutes before her mom delivered, Satin’s 4 year-old daughter, Sadie, delivered a heifer calf. Both cows and calves are doing well. On July 17 Martini gave birth to her first calf; Mimosa weighed in at 64 pounds with a beautiful belt. Students assisted UMass veterinarian, Katie Beltaire with the delivery of a large heifer calf during the night of July 22. This was our oldest cow’s (Dori’s) eighth calving. We’re especially excited because this is Dori’s first heifer calf. The students named the calf UMass Darla.

The Belted Galloway Management class awarded the Richard C. Anderson Memorial Award at the 2016 Eastern States Exposition.

NESA 2017On February 25th the UMass NESA Teams traveled to the University of Rhode Island and competed in the annual NESA competition. Our 28 students did an amazing job, bringing home Second Place and a total of 50 ribbons, far more than any other school.

Dairy Calf Management Class

Courtney BabcockWatch the video of VASCI students, Dr. Hulyer and Dr. Duby at Devine Farm.

Recent Graduates
Nineteen students from the Class of 2017 are planning to attend Veterinary Medical Colleges: Cornell 2,  Midwestern: 2, Ohio: 2, Pennsylvania: 1, Purdue: 1, Tufts: 4, Wisconsin: 1, Dublin: 1, Edinburgh: 1, Guelph: 1, Melbourne: 1, Ross: 1, St. George’s: 1. Seven students will be attending graduate programs: four at UMass, one each at the University of Chicago, Marquette University and Tufts University.

Updates from Graduates

Science Day will be held Wednesday, May 2

VASCI undergraduates will present their research on Science Day. The day will include short oral presentations from students in the morning, followed by poster presentations by undergraduate students conducting independent studies projects with Departmental Faculty members in the afternoon. All VASCI students are welcome to attend.   Read more »

Annual Bay State Livestock Classic - Fun for the Whole Family!

The annual Bay State Livestock Classic will be held at the Hadley Farm on Saturday, April 14 - 9am - 4pm.   Read more »

Dr.s Minter & Thayumanavan Focus on Drug Delivery System for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Two Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS) researchers, organic and polymer chemist Thai Thayumanavan and professor of animal science Lisa Minter, have partnered with Anika Therapeutics Inc. of Bedford to co-develop a new product for treating the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis.   Read more »

arena classroomUMass Hadley Farm Arena Classroom Renovated

This classroom provides an excellent space at the Hadley Farm facility for Animal Science students to learn the hands-on practical skills pertaining to the daily management and welfare of the student-run UMass Boer Goat herd, Dorset Sheep herd, Equine herd and poultry flock.   Read more »

VASCI Alum, Kristina O'Keefe Accepts Position as North Attleboro Animal Control Officer/Shelter Director

Kristina O’Keefe earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science here in 2015. In October of 2017 she shared this story with her former academic advisor, Kathleen Arcaro, saying “I hope this just provides another option for future students.”   Read more »

Inca llamaHappy 23rd Birthday to Inca!

The UMass Hadley Farm’s llama, Inca celebrated her 23rd Birthday on December 5.   Read more »