Peter Erickson Honored for Dairy Science Teaching

Peter Erickson Honored for Dairy Science Teaching

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Professor Pete EricksonPete Erickson, professor of dairy cattle management, has received Land O’Lakes/Purina Teaching Award in Dairy Production, the nation’s highest award for dairy science teaching. Erickson was honored with the award at the annual meeting of the American Dairy Science Association in Indianapolis in early July. 

“Erickson engages students in hands-on learning, challenging them to find answers to problems encountered at the university farms or dairy farms around the state,” wrote NH Commissioner of Agriculture Lorraine Merrill ’73 in the Weekly Market Bulletin. “He also involves undergraduate students in his research projects, as well as advising countless graduate students in their research.” Erickson’s dedication to his students contributes to UNH’s consistently strong showing in regional and national Dairy Challenge competitions, Merrill added. 

“It is an honor to be nominated for and receive this award,” said Erickson. “Thanks go to all my students past and present for their support over the years--making this award possible.” 

Erickson has been on the UNH faculty for 16 years; he is also a dairy specialist with Cooperative Extension. His primary area of research is in dairy cattle nutrition as it pertains to dairy calf, heifer, and cow health and metabolism.