Clubs, teams, and cooperatives


There are several clubs that meet the needs and interests of students in animal sciences. The Collegiate Horsemen’s Association is for students who are interested in all things horse-related. Dairy Club has social and educational activities for its members. They discuss important issues facing the dairy industry with faculty members or invited guest speakers. All clubs welcome students from any major regardless of experience.


Meat Judging Team award winners

Meats Judging Team Coach: Blake Foraker

Not since the early 1970s has WSU had a meats judging team. Members joined with no experience and practiced long, hard hours. They won championship honors at the first two contests they entered – the National Western and the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. In late March, the team placed fifth at the National Meat Animal Evaluation Contest.
Dairy Challenge Team members 2023

Dairy Challenge Team Coach: Marcos Marcondes

The goal of the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge is to provide educational, professional growth, and networking opportunities for students, dairy producers, agribusiness, and academia to develop future dairy industry leaders. The Dairy Challenge competition tests the student’s knowledge of the dairy industry and helps develop teamwork and leadership skills. Two students from the current group placed on winning teams at the Western Regional Dairy Challenge contest in California in February.


The best way to learn about the livestock industry is to get involved. The department has several student-run cooperatives in which students own, operate, and manage their own animals. Student Swine Cooperative (SSC) members purchase 10 feeder pigs each semester, feed and harvest them when they reach market weight, and sell the pork to the public. Cougar Cattle Feeder (CCF) members solicit donations of live cattle each year and work in consultation with advisors to feed, doctor, manage health and finances, collect performance data, and harvest and market beef. Cooperative University Dairy Students (CUDS) members manage a 35-cow milking herd, plus young stock and dry cows. Milk is marketed to the WSU Creamery where it is used to make award-winning Cougar Gold Cheese and Ferdinand’s ice cream.

SSC members 2023

Student Swine Cooperative (SSC)

Advisor: Dr. Kristen Johnson