Guilford County native Kristen Glosson is creating new options for dairy farmers through her nutrition and animal science research at a newly enhanced dairy unit that’s part of N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. As she pursues her master’s degree, Glosson focuses on increasing the nutrient density of pasteurized whole milk for calves.
I was involved in livestock before college and so I was able to make an easy transition to volunteering at the Lake Wheeler dairy during my undergraduate studies. I valued the time I was able to further my education through the experience of working at the research farm.
My name is Kristen Glosson, and I am pursuing a master’s degree in animal science and nutrition in the Animal Science Department under the direction of Dr. Brinton Hopkins, a professor of animal science and nutrition.
Speaking with my professors about the opportunities available at N.C. State allowed me to explore different career possibilities and eventually led me to research, where I found my passion.
My research project focuses increasing the nutrient density of pasteurized whole milk by supplementing a pasteurized milk balancer product. Depending on the result, this project can provide another option for dairy farmers to promote the growth and health of their dairy calves in the early stages of life.
The North Carolina Dairy Foundation is generously funding my graduate assistantship, and Land O’Lakes is providing financial support along with the product for my research. The new facilities at the University dairy have allowed for more opportunities for conducting research that both undergraduate and graduate students can become involved in.
By conducting a research trail at the Lake Wheeler dairy, I have been able to expand my knowledge and skills in the field of dairy nutrition, and I look forward to furthering my education in a Ph.D. program.