Purdue University Dairy Club

Purdue University Dairy Club


Steve Hendress

 Steve Hendress is an Animal Sciences professor at Purdue University and has been a co-advisor for the Purdue Dairy Club for many years. Completing his undergraduate studies at Purdue, he was in the Acacia Fraternity and a member of the Purdue Dairy Judging team. Since graduation, Steve has managed his family’s dairy, showed dairy cows, and currently still judges many dairy shows around the world. Upon joining the Purdue faculty, he has been a farm manager at the Purdue Animal Sciences Research Dairy Farm until recently where he has taken more of a teaching role. Currently, Steve teaches ANSC 371 and assists in the dairy teaching in ANSC 102 while also serving as the Purdue Dairy Judging Coach. He spends nearly every weekend during the fall semester educating students on the ins and outs of dairy judging. Some of his favorite judging memories include the annual trips to the Royal Winter Fair in Canada and the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1994 his Brown Swiss cow, Hoosier Knoll Jade Monay, was the Supreme Champion at the World Dairy Expo! Beyond Purdue’s campus, Steve stays involved at the Indiana State Fair with Pet-a-Calf, the Indy 500, and other dairy outreach events. He has a real passion for the dairy industry and loves to see young people succeed and grow as they follow their passions as well.

Dr. Michael Schutz

 Dr. Mike Schutz has been a co-advisor for the Purdue Dairy Club since 1997.  He was born and raised on a small dairy farm in central Minnesota where he became passionate about agriculture and especially the dairy industry.  He earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Animal Sciences at the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Animal Breeding and Genetics at Iowa State University.  Stemming from an internship at a Kraft Foods cheese plant as a junior, Schutz has been involved in many aspects of milk quality, including development of the first ever US genetic evaluation for mastitis resistance in dairy cattle.  In Indiana, Schutz was instrumental in founding the Indiana Dairy Producers and Indiana Milk Quality Professionals, and has been an officer of the American Dairy Science Association and the Dairy Practices Council.   From 2001 to 2013 he was the instructor or co-instructor for Dairy Production and Management (ANSC 444) and developed the Dairy Farm Evaluation course (ANSC 485).  From 2002 to 2014 he coached Purdue’s Dairy Challenge Teams; and his teams earned First Place Platinum recognition in 2008 and 2009.  In June 2014, Schutz was named Assistant Director of Extension and Program Leader for Agriculture and Natural Resources, continuing a 20% appointment in dairy Extension. His favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla bean and his favorite dairy club activity is the annual Boilermaker Legacy Sale because of how it brings out the very best of the Purdue Dairy Club in organization and teamwork!