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Beyond the Classroom

Campus Without Borders

Dairy Fellows interact and work with progressive dairy producers, industry leaders and agribusiness professionals. Students tour dairy farms and agribusinesses, getting in-depth and up-close looks at all aspects of dairying - from milk production to milk marketing and product development. The Dairy Fellows perform production and financial analysis of dairy businesses, learning what works on dairies from the professionals who manage them and agribusiness professionals who provide expertise.

Many Dairy Fellows students are members of CUDS, the Cornell University Dairy Science Club.  Through CUDS, students are able to experience international agriculture through biennial international trips. 

Career Preparation

Early in their college career, students are encouraged to pursue international opportunities.  Faculty work with the students individually to match them with that internship.

Extracurricular Activities

Dairy Challenge
The North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge is an opportunity for students to take their classroom learning to a team setting to evaluate a whole farm system for a panel of judges.  Senior Dairy Fellows participate in the Northeast regional event in the fall, collaborating with individuals from other colleges and universities across the Northeast.  A peer selected team of four students represent Cornell at the national event in the spring of their senior year.  .

Dairy Cattle Judging
Cornell has a long standing reputation for fielding competitive dairy judging teams.  Interested students are invited to tryout during the spring semester, with the final team decision made in late summer.

The Cornell University Dairy Science Club (CUDS) plans learning, leadership and social activities.  Highlight of the group's activities include the NY Holstein Harvest Sale and international study trips. For more information, visit the CUDS webpage.

Study Abroad

Dairy Fellows are encouraged to participant in exchange programs.  The CALS Exchange Program continues to expand opportunities for students around the world.  Current students have participated in programs in New Zealand, England, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Nepal, and Kenya.