Andrew B. Conroy

Master in Community Development Policy and Practice Faculty
Phone: (603) 862-2625
Office: Thompson School of Applied Science, Barton Hall Rm 131, Durham, NH 03824
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Professor Conroy has been teaching people how to handle and work with farm animals for 30 years at the college level. Broadly trained in agriculture, he teaches 7 different Animal Science courses at the University of New Hampshire, with CREAM being his most well-known course. See: At UNH his teaching focus is with dairy cattle, but he is broadly trained in Animal Science and is also well versed in handling goats, sheep, swine, beef cattle, and poultry. See: A two-time Fulbright Scholar, his teaching, research and consulting have taken him to 14 times to Africa, where he has worked in Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. See: His work in Africa has led to mentoring many UNH undergraduate students in research abroad, specifically on topics related to conflicts with wildlife and agriculture. See: Finally, he is one of the foremost authorities on draft oxen in the world having written 3 books, book chapters, nearly 100 articles and consulted for numerous Charitable and Government organizations, as well as the movie industry on the use and training of oxen. See:

Andrew Conroy brings a global perspective to the Thompson School at the University of New Hampshire, yet he was raised on a dairy farm and later a livestock farm in New Hampshire. He is broadly trained in agriculture with twenty-three years of experience and is passionate about using ruminant animals to feed the world. As a registered professional animal scientist for beef cattle and dairy cattle, he teaches food animal and dairy courses, including the well known UNH CREAM course (Cooperative Real Education in Agricultural Management). In addition, he frequently lectures on topics ranging from environmental conservation and ecotourism to anthroplogy and environmental law.

Andrew has done research on lameness in intensively raised dairy cattle, animal traction in Africa and the United States, as well as land use change and pastoralism in East Africa. He mentored numerous undergraduate students studying in Africa and also students doing research at the University of New Hampshire's Fairchild Teaching and Research Center, as well as the new organic dairy farm. As one of the foremost authorities on draft oxen in the United States, he has written three books, over 100 articles, produced educational videos, and conducted workshops on the subject of ox training, yoking, and using oxen in both historic and contemporary settings. He has also served as consultant to the movie industry and been an animal wrangler for films such as "The Crucible" and "In Search of the Oregon Trail." Finally, he has worked with the cooperative extension on a variety of issues and has conducted extension training in forage crops, livestock and dairy cattle management, youth development, and animal traction. He has worked with extension agents and farmers in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.


  • Ph.D., Natural Resources/Conservation, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S., Animal Sciences, Northwest Missouri State University
  • B.S., Animal Sciences, University of New Hampshire

Research Interests

  • Agricultural Development
  • Agricultural History
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Science
  • Anthropology
  • Dairy Science
  • International Agriculture
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Vocational/Technical Education
  • Wildlife & Habitat Management/Conservation

Courses Taught

  • AAS 421: Large Animal Behav & Handling
  • AAS 423: Dairy Selection
  • AAS 425: Intro to Dairy Herd Management
  • AAS 432: Intro Forage & Grassland Mgmt
  • AAS 574: Dairy Cattle Disease Seminar
  • AAS 591: Stdy/Teaching Assistant
  • AAS 597: Work Experience/Dairy
  • ANSC 695: Supervised Teaching Experience
  • ANSC 698: Coop Real Educ Agriculturl Mgt
  • CAN 591: Ind Stdy/Brewing & Distilling
  • DPP 954: Sustainable Agriculture
  • HT 292: Stdy/Soils:Property & Land Use
  • IAG 297: IAG Work Experience
  • IAG 490: Int. Ag. Capstone
  • IAG 597: IAG Work Experience
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Applied Animal Sci
  • SAFS 600: Field Experience
  • TSAS 495: Thompson School:Special Topics

Selected Publications

Conroy, D. (2007). Oxen A Teamster's Guide to Raising, Training, Driving & Showing. 210 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247: Storey Publishing. Retrieved from

Conroy, A. (1999). Oxen, A Teamster's Guide (Vol. 1). Rural Heritage. Retrieved from

Conroy, D., & Barney, D. (1986). The oxen handbook. Butler Pub & Tools.