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.
Collegiate Horsemen’s Association
Meats Judging Team Coach: Blake Foraker
Dairy Challenge Team Coach: Marcos Marcondes
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.