Serving the public good.

The Department of Animal Science’s extension and outreach program benefits New York’s animal industries through public education on the biology and management of domestic animals.

Many of our faculty and academic staff work through Cornell Cooperative Extension to provide information and guidance to the many farms and agricultural entities in the state.

We have active adult and youth extension programs in the areas of dairy, beef, sheep, goats, horses, and poultry. In addition, we support an active 4-H program that engages and empowers youth who are interested in animal-related projects, biology and production systems.

Our outreach efforts

Coupled with our research programs, our extension and outreach efforts help Animal Science faculty and staff teach practical education beyond the classroom and are aimed at discovering and developing new techniques, skills and information to benefit animals, agriculture and human health in an ever-changing world.

A student pets a llama at the Big Red Fan Festival.

The goal of extension is to provide New York’s animal industries with information and technology to help them to be biologically efficient, economically profitable, sustainable and competitive in an increasingly challenging and environmentally conscious world. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise is provided in genetic selection, nutrition, reproduction, growth and development, animal and systems management and nutrient management. Department programs include CNCPS software, PRO-DAIRY, and beef, dairy, goat, sheep and nutrient management.

Teishawn Florestal-Kevelier wearing a 4-H shirt.

Cornell animal science youth extension and NYS 4-H provide programs for youth interested in pet animals, as well as the traditional dairy and livestock species. Animal Science staff are responsible for independent programs such as Junior DAIRY LEADERS and Dairy Discovery, as well as state-wide 4-H programs including Animal Crackers, species-specific Quiz Bowl and Skillathon competitions, and the Youth animal shows at the New York State Fair.

A student works on a laptop.

Other community outreach endeavors include digital resources and publications, software programs and tools, including CNCPS program for formulating dairy rations, Plants Poisonous to Livestock database and a principles of genetics resource.