Leslie B. Hansen

Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor-Dairy Genetics
265F Haecker Hall
1364 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108-6118
+1 612 624 2277

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Iowa State University, Animal Breeding, 1981
  • Master of Science, University of Minnesota, Animal Science, 1978
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota, Animal Science, 1973

Research Interests

Prior to graduate school, Dr. Hansen was employed in industry as a public relations specialist with a dairy cattle breeding organization. Therefore, much of his research has been closely tied to the dairy cattle breeding industry, and many of his former students are employed by the dairy cattle breeding organizations in the USA. Monitoring of genetic relationships and inbreeding of Holsteins has been an on-going area of interest and research.

The majority of Dr. Hansen's research at this time focuses on the comparison of pure Holsteins versus crossbreds. The documented decline of health, fertility, and survival of pure Holsteins has resulted in tremendous global interest in crossbreeding of dairy cattle.

Teaching

  • ANSC 2011: Dairy Cattle Judging
  • ANSC 3141: Advanced Dairy Judging
  • ANSC 4011: Dairy Cattle Breeding
  • ANSC 4096: PEP Internship

Outreach

  • Advisor, Gopher Dairy Club, Largest student organization on Twin Cities Campus
  • Coach, Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Team

Honors & Awards

  • Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association Hall of Fame Inductee, 2015
  • J.L. Lush Research Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics, American Dairy Science Association, 2014
  • Club Advisor of the Year, CFANS Student Board, 2009
  • Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, University of Minnesota, 1995
  • Purina Mills Outstanding Teaching Award, American Dairy Science Association, 1992
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Agriculture, University of Minnesota, 1986
  • First Place, Graduate Student Paper Presentation, American Dairy Science Association, 1978
Dr. Les Hansen