In addition to the gifts from CoBank and Farm Credit of NM, the Consortium also has gained significant support from the dairy industry at large to help sponsor the courses, which provides academic credits to participants through their home universities. Allied industry has contributed generously from the very beginning of the Consortium program in 2008, ranging from $50,000 to $65,000 per year.
In its sixth year the Consortium reached capacity at 52 students, and some 20 applicants had to be turned away because of a lack of space. Over the years, animal and dairy science majors have accounted for 72 percent of enrollees. The next largest groups are agribusiness majors with 10 percent, and pre-veterinarian majors at 8 percent.
The Consortium has been hosted by Clovis Community College, Clovis, NM. The two-year school has provided critical laboratory and classroom space for Consortium participants. Consortium member universities include: Abilene Christian University, University of Arizona, Colorado State University, New Mexico State University, Oklahoma State University, Tarleton State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, University of Florida, Washington State University, and West Texas A&M University.
Consortium program coordinators are Dr. Tomaszewski, Dr. Robert Collier, professor, University of Arizona; and Dr. Robert Hagevoort, Extension Dairy Specialist, New Mexico State University and NMSU Endowed Dairy Chair.
For more information on the U.S. Dairy Education & Training Consortium, visit http://sgpdct.tamu.edu/