Dr. Sushil Paudyal, assistant professor of dairy science in Texas A&M University’s department of animal science, plans to reinvigorate the dairy program in College Station.
Paudyal hopes to engage students, producers, the U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium and industry groups like the Texas Association of Dairymen in the 90 percent teaching, 10 percent Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service position.
Aside from classroom discussions and lectures, Paudyal said students would also be engaged in off-campus instruction at dairy locations. As a part of the department’s emphasis on providing high-impact learning experiences, he will be leading dairy challenge activities and the internship program for animal science students.
Paudyal will also be the Texas A&M representative on the steering committee for the dairy consortium, formerly known as the Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium, a multi-university organization established in 2008 to meet the educational and training needs of the U.S. dairy industry.
Paudyal’s research focuses on using herd- and animal-level data for decision making in dairy farms, as well as utilizing innovative technologies to optimize production, health and well-being of dairy cattle.
Paudyal said addressing the economics of the dairy industry will be critical to their success. Smaller operations are going out of business, and the industry is trending toward larger operations and labor-reducing technology.
Paudyal is a member of the American Dairy Science Association and the American Society of Animal Science, and has received accreditation as a professional animal scientist from the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.
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