GUIDING PRINCIPLE: FEEDING THE FUTURE
What we’re doing now is learning how to run efficient large-scale agriculture while still respecting the animals, the environment and the people who depend on it. Integrity, education and hands-on training are the key to keeping the dairy industry strong for generations to come.
THE DAIRY EDUCATION CENTER
New Sweden Dairy has an affiliation with the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Through it, the University utilizes the dairy facilities for housing, teaching and demonstration in their program of teaching veterinary students, continuing education of industry professionals and researching emerging products and practices. For more information, visit the website for the College of Veterinary Medicine Dairy Education Center.
SUPPORTING THE U OF MN’S MISSION
- To educate veterinary students in the care and management of dairy cows.
- To educate practicing veterinarians and other professionals serving the dairy industry.
- To serve as a site for applied research and development.
A REAL, WORKING DAIRY FARM
The classrooms, research and teaching labs, offices and even dormitory space are built into the New Sweden Dairy itself, in the same building as our management offices. Of the three classrooms, two have a view of the milking parlor and calving pens.
THE NEXT GENERATION
The Dairy Education Center serves two communities, offering clinical rotations for senior veterinary students and continuing education programs for current dairy farmers.
Even the faculty members are always learning. In the research lab, they perform their own investigations and process research samples.
ISN’T IT WRONG TO UTILIZE ANIMALS FOR RESEARCH?
We don’t harm our animals. Their health and comfort are the most important factors to the success of our business. We’re researching methods to make our cows more comfortable and productive, to make our operations more efficient, and to make the milk we produce even higher quality. All of the students are supervised and taught by professors of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine to utilize professional and ethical methods in their research.