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Founding ADVISOR

The majority of Dr. Hansen's research at this time focuses on the comparison of pure Holsteins versus crossbreds. The documented decline of health, fertility, and survival of pure Holsteins has resulted in tremendous global interest in crossbreeding of dairy cattle.



  • Doctor of Philosophy, Iowa State University, Animal Breeding, 1981

  • Master of Science, University of Minnesota, Animal Science, 1978

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota, Animal Science, 1973


Research Interests: Prior to graduate school, Dr. Hansen was employed in industry as a public relations specialist with a dairy cattle breeding organization. Therefore, much of his research has been closely tied to the dairy cattle breeding industry, and many of his former students are employed by the dairy cattle breeding organizations in the USA. Monitoring of genetic relationships and inbreeding of Holsteins has been an on-going area of interest and research.



  • ANSC 2011: Dairy Cattle Judging

  • ANSC 3141: Advanced Dairy Judging

  • ANSC 4011: Dairy Cattle Genetics

  • ANSC 4096: PEP Internship


  • Advisor, Gopher Dairy Club, the largest student organization on Twin Cities Campus

  • Coach, Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Team


Honors and Awards: 

  • Hoard's Dairyman Youth Development Award, American Dairy Science Association, 2016

  • Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association Hall of Fame Inductee, 2015

  • J.L. Lush Research Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics, American Dairy Science Association, 2014

  • Distinguished Graduate, Iowa State Dairy Science Club, 2011

  • Club Advisor of the Year, CFANS Student Board, 2009

  • Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, University of Minnesota, 1995

  • Purina Mills Outstanding Teaching Award, American Dairy Science Association, 1992

  • Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Agriculture, University of Minnesota, 1986

  • First Place, Graduate Student Paper Presentation, American Dairy Science Association, 1978

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