Dairy Calf Management Class

students working with dairy calves at Devine Farm

Watch the video “Calving a Great Time at Devine Farm” showing Animal Science students, Dr. Hulyer (Dairy Calf Management course instructor) and Dr. Duby (retired VASCI professor) caring for the calves.

This class partners the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences with a local dairy farm to provide an animal-intensive learning experience. Small groups (2-4) of participating students working in shifts are expected to feed and care for dairy calves seven days per week under the direct supervision of the instructor. Students are also expected to meet weekly as a group to weigh, clean, and perform other management procedures that may be necessary. Additionally, students will be expected to review and discuss recent research in the area of neonatal management, nutrition, housing, well-being, and health of calves birth to weaning. Instructor consent required.

Pre-veterinary science and animal science students have been caring for 35 dairy calves at Devine Farm in Hadley.  The hands-on coursework benefits the students, the calves and the farm.

Courtney BabcockHolly Sullivan

Katherine ClarkeSabryna Whitman