More than a year ago, L. H. “Bud” Schultz, an emeritus professor of dairy science, took it upon himself to compile the department’s history and put it down in writing. The result, a 99-page book titled “The History of the Dairy Science Department,” was recently published by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.
The book starts long before the department’s birth in 1938, documenting the important events that led to the unit’s foundation. It then details, decade by decade, the department’s faculty, research and key events, up through 1990.
Schultz, who was born and raised in Buffalo County, arrived on campus as a freshman agriculture student in 1936. He was present on campus for 48 of the 62 years of “official” department history covered in the book, as an undergraduate for two years; a grad student for four years; an active faculty member in dairy science for 28 years; and an emeritus professor for 15 years.
For more information about the book, contact the department’s main office at (608) 263-3308.