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. 

Thoughts from current graduate students:  

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

"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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