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CALS’ McCabe named president of national dairy student group

October 10, 2016
By Gwen Aviles '17

Conor McCabe ’18 has recently been selected as president of the American Dairy Science Association’s (ADSA) Student Affiliate Division. (Photo: Matt Hayes / CALS) 

Conor McCabe ’18 has recently been selected as president of the American Dairy Science Association’s (ADSA) Student Affiliate Division. He’s the first Cornell student to hold this prestigious national office.

An animal science major with a focus in dairy science, McCabe has been involved in campus clubs and held leadership positions throughout his time at Cornell. He has participated in Engaged Leadership, Block and Bridle and the Cornell University Dairy Science Club, and has worked on numerous dairy cattle research projects.

In his role as president McCabe will serve as the liaison between the student division and ADSA Board of Directors. He will be working closely with the professors and dairy industry professionals on the board to plan the undergraduate portion of the national conference, which will be held in Pittsburgh, PA next June. The meeting connects global dairy professionals to network with other dairy specialists and present research. McCabe hopes to add programming to the conference agenda that will increase industry partnerships and inspire connection between students and dairy industry experts.

The ADSA is an international organization composed of scientists, educators, and industry representatives who are dedicated to the development of the dairy industry and who understand the industry’s essentiality in satisfying the nutritive and economic needs of the world’s population. 

Along with his fellow officers, McCabe will appear at high schools and colleges throughout the year to engage with students who might be interested in the dairy industry.

Following graduation from CALS, McCabe intends to pursue dairy cattle nutrition studies in graduate school and establish a career in research and development in either animal health or nutrition. In the meantime, he says he is “excited to work with other passionate members in Dairy Science to increase opportunities for students with leaders in the dairy industry.”

McCabe also recently received the Forward Scholarship from Lallemand Animal Nutrition. The scholarship programs recognizes students who are excelling in their agricultural programs.

Gwen Aviles ’17 is a student writer for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.