Graduate Student Information 

The University of Kentucky Dairy Systems Management group completes a variety of research which strives to assist the dairy industry to find solutions to common problems the dairy farmer is faced with each day. Precision technology, cow comfort, milk quality, housing, and decision tools are among the things we focus on.


We currently have 10 graduate students, 26 undergraduates and several visiting scientists. We also collaborate with numerous other faculty members in departments ranging from Agriculture Economics to Engineering. All have the opportunity to gain classroom teaching experience and to participate in extension education programs in addition to their involvement in research programs. Obtaining a positon within our group can be very competitive. We encourage you to visit our website and speak with our current graduate students to determine if the University of Kentucky is right for you.  

The UK dairy program is fortunate to have an active dairy research farm in Coldstream Dairy. We currently have 250 head of Registered Holsteins. We have a combination of new and old facilities including a compost bedded pack barn and free stalls. We pride ourselves on our 10 active partnerships with precision technologies being used on the farm daily. 


Dr. Jeffrey Bewley

He received a B.S. in Animal Sciences from the University of Kentucky in 1998, his M.S. in Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000, and his PhD from Purdue University in 2008. Dr. Bewley joined the University of Kentucky’s Animal and Food Sciences Department in 2008 and is an Associate Extension Professor. Dr. Bewley’s primary interests are the application of precision dairy farming technologies, economics of decisions on dairy farms, milk quality management, dairy cow comfort and well-being, and strategic dairy business management. He travels around the U.S. and the world speaking about precision technology and dairy cattle housing. Dr. Bewley’s main goal as a mentor for his graduate students is to provide them as many opportunities as possible to provide them with both professional and dairy experiences.

Thoughts from current graduate students:  

"Coming to Graduate School at the University of Kentucky to study under Dr. Bewley was the best decision I made for my career path.  Before coming to work under Dr. Bewley I didn't realize that I loved teaching and research!  Directly because of the experiences I have had here with teaching my own classes and conducting my own research project, I now know where I want my career path to be headed." - Barbara Wadsworth Jones 

"With the excellent extension network in Kentucky, many opportunities exist for graduate students to get involved in extension outreach." - Matthew Borchers

“I’ve really enjoyed the opportunities I’ve been given working with Dr. Bewley.  Particularly the chance to work for dairy farmers on multiple projects.  Without Dr. Bewley’s strong ties to the dairy community, the option to work with and meet so many wonderful farmers wouldn’t be possible.”- Elizabeth Eckelkamp

"The University of Kentucky Dairy Systems Management Graduate Program allows students a wide variety of research opportunities that all have the dairy producer in mind. We are fortunate to be surrounded by numerous experts and collaborators as resources and encouragers of our research.” - Derek Nolan

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