Cooperative University Dairy Students

CUDS members

We are CUDS, a cooperative in which a group of students manages our own herd at the Knott Dairy Center just off campus. We milk 30-40 cows at any given time and raise calves born on our farm to eventually integrate them into our lactating herd. The milk we produce goes to the WSU creamery and is used in Cougar Gold cheese and Ferdinand’s ice cream! CUDS provides a great opportunity for hands-on experience in the dairy industry, both on the management and veterinary sides of the operation.


We recruit new members once a year by conducting interviews. We usually have about fifteen members at any given time. Keep an eye out for the next round of interviews!

Lactating Cows

Lactating Cows ensures cow comfort by conducting monthly health and housing checks. The Lactating Cows chair scores each lactating cow individually by observing things like hygiene scores, bedding wetness, udder health, teat quality, etc.

Public Relations

Public Relations manages social media for CUDS and creates content to provide the general public with an inside look into CUDS. Public Relations also plans fundraisers, tabling events, and recruitment.


Nutrition works to oversee feeding protocols, including the consistency and accuracy of each feeding, as well as ensuring the animals are receiving a balanced and nutritious ration. Activities include calculating particle sizes, scoring manure, body condition scoring, etc.

Vice President

The Vice President assists the President when needed and assumes the duties of president when the president is unavailable. Vice President ensures everyone is adequately trained and helps coordinate tasks for other chairs, while also doing tasks assigned by CUDS advisors.


The President works with our advisors to guide the CUDS group in making key decisions to benefit both the cows and group. Additionally, the President ensures that each chair is successfully fulfilling their responsibilities, addressing concerns and offering support to CUDS members in various capacities.


Finance ensures we are adequately stocked with every item we need and also ensures we are meeting the necessary requirements to remain profitable.

Milk Quality and Udder Health

Milk Quality and Udder Health collects milk samples, logs held milk, measures somatic cell count, plates milk samples, and more. One of the main responsibilities of this chair is to ensure parlor protocols are being followed to ensure cleanliness and health of our lactating cows.

Calves, Heifers, and Dry Cows

Calves, Heifers, and Dry Cows manages the health and food intake of our calves and heifers in order to ensure they have a successful average daily gain (ADG) and will become a healthy and functioning member of the lactating herd in the future. We also manage our dry cows (not currently in milk) before and throughout their dry period to ensure they are prepared for their next calving and lactation.


The Reproduction chair schedules and manages hormone programs for cows and heifers. Utilizing an Ovsynch schedule, Reproduction timely breeds them using artificial insemination.

Herd Health

Herd Health ensures the health and wellness of the entire herd. The members in this position work together to determine and administer treatments, perform preventative care like vaccination programs, communicate with veterinarians, and develop protocols to care for our herd.

Current Members

Emma Van Gemert

Lactating Cows, Herd Health

Amali Gutierrez

Herd Health, Reproduction

Samuel Hamilton


Zachary Hays

Finance, Milk Quality and Udder Health

Charity Jordan

Public Relations, Lactating Cows

Berenice Lainez-Pintor

Public Relations, Calves, Heifers, and Dry Cows

Sadie Muller

Public Relations, Milk Quality and Udder Health, Nutrition

Kindra Nelson

Vice President, Reproduction, Nutrition

Edith Ortega

Reproduction, Calves, Heifers and Dry Cows

Francesca Poledrelli

Nutrition, Lactating Cows

Madelyn Rode

Herd Health, Finance

Elias Silva

Reproduction, Milk Quality and Udder Health

Giselle Tellez

Finance, Milk Quality and Udder Health

Connor Wilkins

Herd Health, Calves, Heifers and Dry Cows

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