Andrew Conroy

PROFESSOR
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: https://colsa.unh.edu/thompson-school-applied-science/cream 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. He has worked for decades with 4-H and FFA youth judging cattle and other livestock, as well as helping them develop their animal handling, training, showmanship and judging skills. He has recently written an OER textbook on Dairy Cattle Judging and Evaluation. See https://at.usnh.edu/news/2019/04/ati-ambassador%E2%80%99s-oer-project-be... or https://www.oercommons.org/authoring/29160-judging-and-evaluating-dairy-...

A two-time Fulbright Scholar, his teaching, research and consulting have taken him to 15 times to Africa, where he has worked in Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, DR Congo and Rwanda. See: https://www.unh.edu/global/drew-conroy or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0lYP1SFLl0 or https://oxwoodfarm.wordpress.com/ 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. Students he has worked with have done research in Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Ireland, and Australia. See: https://www.unh.edu/inquiryjournal/spring-2017/andrew-conroy or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0CmWrTUTUA

Finally, he is one of the foremost academic authorities on draft oxen in the world having written 4 books, numerous 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: https://www.amazon.com/Oxen-Teamsters-Raising-Training-Driving-ebook/dp/... or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul2PFDdeJ2k

Education

  • 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
  • BMS 799H: Senior Honors Thesis
  • 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/Animal Sciences
  • SAFS 600: Field Experience
  • SAFS 795W: Investigations
  • TSAS 495: Thompson School:Special Topics

Selected Publications

Conroy, A., Overson, C. E., & Erickson, P. S. (2019). University of New Hampshire Alumni Perspectives in C.R.E.A.M. a Flipped Classroom with Experiential Learning on a Dairy Farm. NACTA Journal, 63, 299-306. Retrieved from http://www.nactateachers.org/journal.html

Conroy, A. (2018). "Judging and Evaluating Dairy Cattle".. OER Commons. Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education. . under license "Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0". Retrieved from https://www.oercommons.org/authoring/29160-judging-and-evaluating-dairy-cattle

Orefice, J., Carroll, J., Conroy, D., & Ketner, L. (2017). Silvopasture practices and perspectives in the Northeastern United States. Agroforestry Systems, 91(1), 149-160. doi:10.1007/s10457-016-9916-0

Antaya, N. T., Soder, K. J., Kraft, J., Whitehouse, N. L., Guindon, N. E., Erickson, P. S., . . . Brito, A. F. (2015). Incremental amounts of Ascophyllum nodosum meal do not improve animal performance but do increase milk iodine output in early lactation dairy cows fed high-forage diets. Journal of Dairy Science, 98(3), 1991-2004. doi:10.3168/jds.2014-8851

Teweldmehidin, M. Y., & Conroy, A. B. (2010). The economic importance of draught oxen on small farms in Namibia's Eastern Caprivi Region. AFRICAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH, 5(9), 928-934. doi:10.5897/AJAR09.161

Conroy, A., & Erickson, P. S. (2009). UNH CREAM- A Case Study. In J. Aber, T. Kelly, & B. Mallory (Eds.), The Sustainable Learning Community One University's Journey to the Future (1 ed., pp. 87-90). Lebanon, NH: UPNE.

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 https://www.storey.com/books/oxen/

Conroy, A. (1999). Oxen, A Teamster's Guide (Vol. 1). Rural Heritage. Retrieved from https://www.ruralheritage.com/new_rh_website/index_green.shtml

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