What is CREAM?

CREAM is a student-run cooperative in which 25-30 UNH students, with the help of advisors, operate and manage a small business. This business is a 25-30 cow registered Holstein dairy herd. The student group running the business changes completely in the fall semester of each year. The herd is passed on to the next group with the help of a transition team of student advisors, as well as dairy center personnel and faculty advisors. The business continues to evolve every year.

The Mission

The mission of CREAM is to provide students with a unique experiential learning model that will help them to understand:
  1. the applications of science to the management of a dairy herd
  2. how to work with other team members in a cooperative venture
  3. the work and decision-making skills required in production agriculture
  4. how to manage and operate a small business.
Cooperatively running this dairy business with other students encourages each member to develop, personally, their leadership, communication and group skills and may well be the most important benefit derived from being a CREAMer.

Goals

CREAM will provide an experiential learning opportunity to University of New Hampshire Animal Science, Dairy Management and Pre-veterinary students as well as students from other majors. Students will learn about production agriculture and themselves as they operate and manage the CREAM herd. The success of the CREAM program will ensure its continuance as well as to promote the class, the Animal Science/Dairy Management program, the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture and the University of New Hampshire.

The Herd Mission

With regard to the herd, CREAM's mission is to provide a clean, comfortable environment for our cows and to manage them in such a way as to maintain a healthy, contented herd, which will produce high quality milk in an economical and sustainable manner. We will strive for genetic improvement in both type and production. In addition, we will maintain the herd so that it projects a positive image as we use it to provide public education about the dairy industry.