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UW-Platteville Launches New Dairy Science Major
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/23/2016

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville says it is offering students an opportunity to major in dairy science starting this year. The School of Agriculture has offered a dairy science emphasis as a part of the animal science major for more than 30 years. But since enrollment in that program has grown by 50 percent in the last decade, campus officials said it made sense to expand the curriculum's offerings.

"Agriculture contributes $88.3 billion annually to Wisconsin's economy, with dairy products being the primary agricultural commodity," said Dr. Wayne Weber, dean of the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture. "As America's Dairyland, the dairy science major is a timely addition to our strong and strategic program array in the School of Agriculture."

The Dairy Science program will offer a number of hands-on learning experiences for students, such as the new 'Adopt-a-Heifer' program. Dr. Weber says students will be assigned an animal to follow throughout the course of their schooling, where they will be responsible for understanding what vaccinations are given, tracking colostrum levels, breeding and more.

UW-Platteville School of Agriculture Director Dr. Michael Compton says the major will allow the school to more effectively develop and train students for careers in the dairy industry, a division of agriculture in which continued growth and need for new professionals is expected. And the new major will also boost support of the Dairy Judging Team, Dairy Challenge Team and the Pioneer Dairy Club.

The first students with the new dairy science major are expected to graduate this December.

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