Cornell University Dairy Science Club

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.

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

  • 47 students traveled to Italy with Dr. Mike Van Amburgh, Karl Czymmek, Terry Haines, Kelsey O’Shea, and Rodrigo Molano Torres in January 2020
  • A group of 37 students traveled to China with Dr. Blake Nguyen, Dr. Robert Lynch, Brett Barlass, Barry Putnam and Feiran Wang in January 2020
  • 16 students participated in the Northeast Regional Virtual Dairy Challenge which was hosted by the University of Maine in October 2020.

Activities & Events

International Study Trip

Italy 2020

In January, 45 CUDS members had the opportunity to travel to Italy. During this International Study Trip, students were able to learn about the agricultural practices in the Italian culture and the roles that farming and food play in their lives. While there was an emphasis on dairy production, the club also explored other facets of agriculture. These included various cheese production facilities, a winery, a water buffalo dairy, and a balsamic vinegar production operation. The club also had the opportunity to engage with and learn about the historical significance of the country by touring the city of Rome, where we were able to visit many monuments including The Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, and St. Peter’s Basilica.

International Study Trip

China 2020

In January, 38 students and five chaperones had the opportunity to travel to Beijing, China and collaborate with students from the China Agriculture University (CAU). During the ten-day trip, Cornell and CAU students were divided into groups and worked together to evaluate Chinese dairy farms for the Dairy Opportunity Challenge. Students also toured several dairy farms and dairy processing centers, and were able to evaluate the differences in production and processing of milk between the United States and China. Club members had the opportunity to learn about the rich history and culture of China from CAU students and through visiting historical landmarks including the Great Wall of China and Tiananmen Square. Many members would describe this as a once in a lifetime opportunity!
 

Sale

Harvest Sale 2019

CUDS hosted the annual Holstein Harvest Sale in collaboration with NY Holstein Association on October 26th. The sale averaged $1,600 on 93 lots and the high seller was $7,100. This sale is a vital part of the history of CUDS, and club members work hard throughout the week to ensure all animals are looking their best for the sale ring. Throughout the week new friendships are made, new skills are learned, and many memories are created within the club. 

Trip

California 2019

In January, 50 CUDS members continued the tradition of traveling to California to learn more about agriculture on the West Coast. The trip started out in Bakersfield, where we were able to visit various dairies and many of our members witnessed their first dry lot dairies! Along with the dairies we were able to visit various other types of agricultural businesses; including vineyards, citrus groves, feedlots, bottling facilities, a cotton mill, carrot farm, the largest almond processor in the world, goat farm, and many cheese producers, including Hilmar Cheese!

a group of people stand in front of an Italian building
a group of students stand in front of a feed museum in China
a group of students stand on bleachers in red shirts
a group of people stand around a monument

Annual Community Outreach Events

Art of Agriculture

Hosted by Sigma Alpha sorority and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity on the Arts Quad, this event celebrates agriculture and aims to educate and engage the entire campus community.

Dairy Cow Birthing Center

Since 2013, CUDS has participated in the Dairy Cow Birthing Center, hosted by the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition at the New York State Fair. The Birthing Center is an interactive exhibit where fair-goers can ask dairy farmers and industry professionals, including our students, about dairy farming while watching cows give birth!

Adopt-A-Highway

Since 2018, CUDS members have maintained a local roadway near campus in celebration of Earth Day.

Gifts & Apparel

If you would like to "add some CUDS into your life", our clothing, baseball caps, and window decals may be the perfect option for you. Contact Kelly Heath at kms57 [at] cornell.edu for current inventory.

Current Officers

Interested in joining CUDS? Talk with a club officer.

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President

Profile of Bryce Windecker

Vice-President

Photo of Laura Littrell in a field with cows

Secretary

Profile photo of Noah Steele '22

Treasurer

Profile of Megan Lamb '22

Public Relations

Profile of Danni DelConte '22

Public Relations

Profile of Alyssa Roorda '23

Fundraising

Profile of Isabel Hall '23

Sale Co-Chair

Sale Co-Chair

Profile of Elizabeth Maslyn '22

Activities

Advisor

profile photo of mike van amburgh
Michael Van Amburgh

Professor

Animal Science

Michael Van Amburgh

Contact Us

CUDS meets on several times throughout the semester in 164 Morrison Hall.  Club dues are $25 per academic year.  For more information on upcoming meeting dates, contact one of the officers below. 

You may sign up for our listserv by contacting Emily Staceski at es742 [at] cornell.edu