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Dr. Isaac HAagen


Dr. Isaac Haagen grew up on a Registered Holstein Farm in Central Pennsylvania. He was an active participant in youth dairy activities, including dairy judging and quiz bowl. His current research focuses on the genetics of dairy calf health and efficiency.



  • Postdoctoral Scholar, USDA National Animal Germplasm Program, 2022

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The Pennsylvania State University, Dairy Cattle Breeding, 2021

  • Bachelor of Science, The Pennsylvania State University, Animal Science. 2015


Research Interests: Dr. Haagen's current research focuses on dairy youngstock health and efficiency. He has a particular interest in the role animal breeding and crossbreeding can play in improving youngstock.


  • Advisor, Gopher Dairy Club

  • University of Minnesota Dairy Extension Team 


Honors and Awards: 

  • Penn State Department of Animal Science Outstanding Graduate Student, 2021

  • USDA-NIFA-EWD Predoctoral Fellowship, 2018 

  • National Dairy Shrine Kildee Graduate Scholarship, 2015

  • National Dairy Shrine Student Recognition Scholarship - 1st place, 2015

  • ADSA-SAD Outstanding Senior, 2015

  • National Collegiate Poultry Judging Contest - 1st place, 2014

  • National Junior Holstein Association Distinguished Junior Member - Finalist, 2013

  • National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest - 1st place, 2012

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