2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 13, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Dairy & Food Science

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Joseph Cassady, Interim Department Head
Department of Dairy and Food Science
Alfred Dairy Science Hall 136



Sanjeev Anand, Clifford Hall, Padmanaban Krishnan, Lloyd Metzger, Vikram Mistry

Assistant Professors

Srinivas Janaswamy, Sergio Martinez-Monteagudo, Johan Osorio, Maristela Rovai, Isaac Salfer


Howard Bonnemann


Robert Baer, David R. Henning, John Parsons, David Schingoethe


The mission of the Dairy and Food Science Department is to help create a prosperous future for the dairy and food industry of South Dakota, the region, nation, and world. With expertise in Dairy Production, Dairy Manufacturing, and Food Science the department covers the entire spectrum of the dairy industry; from farm to product, as well as foods in general. Faculty members are well recognized in their areas of expertise in research and are excellent instructors. The recently remodeled facilities offer both undergraduate students as well as graduate students opportunities for training on state-of-the art technologies.




Graduate Programs*

  • Biological Sciences (M.S.) - Dairy Science Specialization
  • Biological Sciences (M.S.) - Food Science Specialization
  • Biological Sciences (Ph.D.) - Dairy Science Specialization  
  • Biological Sciences (Ph.D.) - Food Science Specialization

* Graduate degrees are offered in collaboration with the Graduate School. For details, see the Graduate Catalog.

Facilities & Services

The department is located in Alfred Dairy Science Hall. The Dairy Research and Training Facility (DRTF) of the Dairy and Food Science Department houses 300 Holstein and Brown Swiss cattle and is a research center in feeding, breeding, and managing a dairy herd. Equally important, it is the site for basic education in dairy cattle evaluation and other aspects of dairy farming. Milk produced at the DRTF is delivered to the Davis Dairy Plant where it is processed into fluid milk, ice cream, butter, cheese, and other dairy products. These products are sold through the Dairy Sales Bar and used in campus dining facilities.  Food Science labs are located in Berg Agricultural Hall.

Student Support & Engagement Opportunities 

Students are encouraged to supplement their class instruction with summer internships, employment at the Davis Dairy Plant, the Dairy Research and Training Facility, and extracurricular activities. Leadership opportunities are available through participation in the Dairy Club, Food Science Club, Dairy Cattle Judging, Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge, Dairy Products Evaluation Teams, American Dairy Science Association and Institute of Food Technologists. The Department has strong research programs in Dairy Production, Dairy Manufacturing, and Food Science. It is an active member of the Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center. Research opportunities for undergraduate students are also available.

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