Glenda Pereira has been named assistant Extension professor and statewide dairy specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension. She also is an assistant professor of animal science with the UMaine School of Food and Agriculture.
Pereira grew up on her family's dairy farm in the Azores with 100 purebred registered Holsteins. She pursued her passion for the dairy industry at the University of Rhode Island, where she majored in pre-veterinary studies, leading to a master’s in animal science. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota with a focus on precision dairy, crossbreeding and low-input, pasture-based feed efficiency.
While the Holstein has long been a favorite breed of dairy cattle, Pereira says she also admires the Normande, according to UMaine Extension, in a news release. Her dairy products of choice: sour cream and ice cream.
As the UMaine Extension dairy specialist, Pereira will work directly with dairy farmers, conduct applied research and develop educational programs for dairy and livestock producers across Maine and New England.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension:
As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine's land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.
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