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.