Shires, Shorthorns, and Sheep: Exploring Livestock Systems in England

Shires, Shorthorns, and Sheep: Exploring Livestock Systems in England — About

About Shires, Shorthorns, and Sheep: Exploring Livestock Systems in England

Program Overview

This course will examine the similarities and differences between Minnesota and England animal agriculture including beef, dairy, sheep and horse systems. Students will explore the history and culture of England, including the Thames River, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, Greenwhich Meridian, and activities in Cambridge and London. 

This program is offered during the second half of Spring semester with travel to London and Cambridge in May 2018. 


Travel dates


On-campus dates

The class will also meet weekly on Tuesdays following Spring Break from 11:45am-1pm in 205 Haecker Hall.

Application Deadline

February 1, 2018

Course Description

CFAN 3517

This is an embedded course with on-campus class time during spring semester prior to departure. Students must both register for this course, and complete the study abroad application. The course is an embedded Spring B term course (beginning the week after spring break) with two weeks abroad. All B-term lectures will be held in 205 Haecker Hall on Tuesdays from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm. Students must attend the on-campus classes in addition to the travel portion in the United Kingtom. This course will likely be offered every other year in the even years.

Program Leaders

Krishona Martinson

Krishona Martinson is an associate professor in Animal Science and equine specialist. Her research interests include equine forage utilization and management and equine industry impacts and trends.

Marcia Hathaway

Marcia Hathaway is a professor in Animal Science. Her research interests include feed additives, the role of satellite cells in muscle growth, and muscle tissue in culture systems. 


You will visit production livestock farms, including dairy, beef, sheep and horse, and enjoy two BBQs with locally raised meat. Visit historical markets, including Smithfiled, Porta Bella and Borough. 

Housing & Meals

You will stay at hotels and student housing. Some meals are included within the program however you should plan for several meals on your own.  There will be kitchen and laundry facilities available. 

Program Fee

The program fee is $5,980 and includes tuition and registration fees, orientation and international health insurance, airfare, housing, excursions and some meals. 

In the event that you are not a full time student or are a non-University of Minnesota student, you will also be charged additional tuition, please contact us if this applies to you. The cost of this program will be considered as part of your spring semester cost of attendance for financial aid calculations. 

You are eligible to apply for May scholarships for this program.  Note that in most cases the award will not be posted to your student account until after the program fee is due.

Once confirmed your program fee will be billed to your student account during spring semester and will be due prior to program departure.

Cost of Participation (PDF)

More Information

Contact CFANS Office of International Programs, or email

Program Handbook