Department of Animal Science

a woman reaches out towards a turkey
a group of calves looking through a wire fence
pigs in a barn
horses in a snowy field
a black beef cow


The Department of Animal Science is recognized nationally and internationally for its excellent research, teaching, and extension programs in animal agriculture and animal biology. Our faculty members have received national recognition for the quality of their classroom instruction and attention to student needs and concerns.


Sudario Silva named Real Pork Scholar

October 26, 2023

The National Pork Board's Real Pork Scholars is a professional executive mentorship program for graduate students designed to leave a lasting impact on participants and the U.S. pork industry. Sudario Roberto Silva Junior is one of two U of M awardees, for his research focusing on swine nutrition and promoting sustainable and ethical pig production practices.

Isaac Salfer featured on KSTP-TV for National Farmer's Day

October 26, 2023

Assistant professor Isaac Salfer chatted with KSTP-TV on National Farmer's Day, highlighting the U of M Dairy Cattle Teaching and Research Farm and sharing his perspective on students finding interest in the dairy industry once they gain exposure to the field.

Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest

October 10, 2023

It was a glorious day for the Gophers!

For many youth, the culmination of their junior dairy judging career rests on the Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo. Years of practice, a love for dairy cattle, and a brain full of reasons terminology are put to the test during a long day of judging classes, giving reasons, and waiting for the results.

When the final awards were announced at the banquet held Sunday night following the 2023 national contests, the University of Minnesota judges and their coaches had plenty to smile about. That’s because their team was named the winner of the 2023 Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest.