Dairy Science Club (CUDS)

The Cornell University Dairy Science Club (CUDS) is one of the largest and most active organizations at Cornell.  The club focuses on education, outreach, and extension while bonding with colleagues.

CUDS group

The purpose of CUDS is to provide opportunities for the educational enrichment of the dairy industry for current CUDS members, the Cornell community and beyond. Extension and outreach initiatives are met through social, educational and philanthropic events and service. Fund raising is required for current activities and educational trips and to support the sustainability of the club into the future.

Highlights:

  • March 2016:  CUDS hosted their second annual Spring Harvest Sale, with over 100 high genomic lots.
  • April 2016:  CUDS members, Colleen Smith, Kelsey Neckers, Greg Van Ravenswaay, and Josh Landis took first place in the National Dairy Challenge competition held in Syracuse, NY.
  • July 2016:  Cornell participated in the Dairy Quiz Bowl held at the Joint Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT for the first time in many years.  Members of the team included Conor McCabe, Courtney Hoff, Wayne Wratten, and Alanna Staffin.  A few members also attended the National Holstein Convention held in Saratoga Springs, NY where Stephanie McBath won the prepared public speaking contest, and Jordan Siemers and Kayla Windecker were recognized as National Distinguished Junior Members finalists.
  • August 2016:  At the start of the semester, CUDS members once again volunteered at the New York State Fair Birthing Center, where they assisted the herdsman working to care for the newborn calves, interacted with the public and also helped to load and unload cattle trailers at the end of the day.
  • September 2016:  The Cornell Dairy Science club hosted a group of 23 students from multiple Agricultural University’s within China.  Students were given the opportunity to tour New York City for two days and visit the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, One World Observatory, Times Square as well as a Broadway Show.   The remainder of their time was spent in Ithaca where they had the opportunity to interact with CUDS members by making pies (an American tradition) here on campus, participating in an outdoor BBQ, tour local dairies, conduct a case farm analysis, hike the falls of Treman and Taughannock Park, as well as visit Niagara Falls.  
  • October 2016:  CUDS member held their Annual Fall Harvest Sale, with 97 consignments.
  • January 2017:  CUDS members alongside Dr. Mike Van Amburgh, traveled to California to tour farms and interact with professionals in the industry. While in California the group toured a number of large dairy farms including Southerncross Dairy, Fern Oak Dairy, Top O’Morn Farms, Summer Hill Dairy, and Yosemite Dairy.  In addition to that the club visited Grimmway Carrots, Sun View Vineyards (the largest table grape, family-owned, farm in the world), JG Boswell Company (a large cotton, wheat, sunflower and tomato producer), Grimmius Cattle Company, California Dairies Inc., Atkinson Acres, Harris Ranch (a 150,000 head feedlot), Campos Brothers Farm (the largest almond producer in the world), Fiscalini Cheese and Hilmar Cheese.   Members also had the opportunity to explore San Francisco, hike in Muir Woods, and visit Alcatraz Island. 

Interested in joining CUDS?  Talk with a club officer.