The Animal Science Research Program employs 5-10 undergraduate students to assist with research and care of livestock. Undergraduate students who work in the program learn valuable lessons of accountability, responsibility, and the value of work ethic. They also learn technical aspects of cattle feeding, feed management, and equipment operation to varying degrees. It is the goal of the program that students at a minimum learn to work with dietary percentages and understand dry matter. It is also common for students to gain some appreciation for research, ruminant nutrition, and ruminant physiology while working in the program. The program serves as an excellent incubator for students interested in pursuing graduate school in ruminant nutrition and related disciplines.