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Robots are coming to the dairy center

Terms used in dairyingRobots vacuum floors and assist surgeons. Soon, they will be milking the UConn dairy herd. To house the robots, a 3,000-square-foot Kellogg Dairy Center addition is underway with an expected opening in April 2018. When it is finished, the facility will be among the first voluntary milking systems installed at a university.

This state-of-the art robotic technology will benefit the cows’ health and welfare, the farm staff’s ability to care for the animals in an individual way and the students’ experiential learning, according to Steven Zinn, professor and head of the Department of Animal Science.

The idea was first suggested by Mary-Margaret Cole, animal science’s executive program director, and took about two years of “patience and persistence” to be realized, but it resulted in a “true collaboration.”

“Now, the University dairy herd will have cutting-edge technology made possible by the partnership between the Department of Animal Science, the CAHNR Dean’s Office, the Provost’s Office and the UConn Foundation,” Zinn said. The $1.8 million cost covers the whole project from the design phase to the installation of the robots. (more…)

Image of the week: Pre-Vet Dog Wash

Pre-Vet Dog Wash

CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersConnecticut Network video depicted CAHNR Interim Dean Cameron Faustman, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Department Head and Professor Rigoberto Lopez and ARE student Chris Laughton discussing the Economic Impacts of Connecticut’s Agricultural Industry Report. See also Morning Ag Clips, UConn Today, The Day, Hartford, Hartford Courant and Mansfield (CT) Patch.

YouTube posted a video of the UConn Learning Communities Kickoff, which included Juliana Jacoboski as one of the speakers. Jacoboski is a pathobiology major.

News Times ran an article about fall foliage. Program Aide Carol Quish commented about the impact of fungal diseases on trees. Quish is part of plant science and landscape architecture.

UConn Today mentioned the Department of Kinesiology in it article about health care for migrant farm workers. (more…)

Awards and accolades

Awards and accoladesThe Office of the Vice President for Research announced the recipients of the Fall 2017 Scholarship Facilitation Fund Awards, which aim to assist faculty in the initiation, completion or advancement of research, scholarly activities, creative works and interdisciplinary initiatives. Two CAHNR faculty members are among the 33 awardees.

Assistant Professor Dennis D’Amico’s project is Characterizing the Microbial Ecosystems of Traditional Farmstead Cheese Production and Their Roles in Microbial Transfer and Population Succession. D’Amico is on the faculty of animal science.

A Department of Nutritional Sciences Assistant Professor, Yangchao Luo, is investigating Development of an Organic Solvent-free Preparation of Solid Lipid Nanoparticles.

By Patsy Evans

Historical image of the week

Goat auction at Town Hall

Goat auction at Town Hall. From the Jerauld A. Manter Photograph Collection, University of Connecticut Photograph Collection.