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Historical image of the week

North Eagleville Road

North Eagleville Road. Two wagon with drivers and teams in foreground and another in the background. First team and wagon wheels sinking in the mud of North Eagleville Road. By Jerauld A. Manter, 1918. From the University of Connecticut Photograph Collection.

CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersHealthDay reported on research into food and beverage advertising aimed at kids. Lead author of the study, Associate Professor Jennifer Harris said, “Children continue to view thousands of TV ads per year for unhealthy food and drinks.” Harris is on the faculty of allied health sciences. See also UConn Today.

The Daily Campus quoted Steven Zinn, a professor and department head for animal science, in an article about the voluntary milking system that is coming to Kellogg Dairy Center.

UConn Today featured a story on CAHNR student Daniel Munch, who is majoring in livestock management and policy (individualized major) and resource economics. The article mentioned his high school involvement in 4-H, mentoring animal science freshmen and CAHNR Ambassadors. He was depicted with a rooster in the poultry barn.

By Patsy Evans


Meet undergraduate student Jessica Maiorino


Jessica Maiorino

Jessica Maiorino is currently an animal science student and earning her second degree. After previously obtaining a degree in criminal justice, Jessica realized her true passion was for animals. She has returned to college with the hopes of becoming a vet someday. Jessica takes on all of her experiences with an enthusiastic personality, and her passion has continued to drive her forward throughout her college career. Read more about Jessica’s experiences during her time at UConn.

What attracted you to UConn? I was initially attracted to UConn because of the hands-on animal science program. I had a friend who graduated from here as pre-vet, and I was able to learn a lot about the program from her.

What is your major, and why did you choose it? My major is animal science. I previously received my associate’s degree in criminal justice from Housatonic Community College. I was not very interested in the field and wanted to go back to school to earn a second degree. I have always loved animals so animal science on the pre-vet track seemed like a fitting choice for me.

Which one of your UConn activities, internships or jobs was the most memorable? Why? Participating in Little I was very memorable for me. I showed a dairy cow, and it was the first experience I ever had working with large animals. This experience was a tremendous opportunity for me because I hope to be a large animal or exotic vet. (more…)

Image of the week

A bird sitting on Horsebarn Hill's fence

A bird sitting on Horsebarn Hill’s fence (UConn CAHNR photo / Kevin Noonan)

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…)