Hugh Chester-Jones

Professor-Beef & Dairy Production
Southern ROC
35838 120th Street
Waseca, MN 56093-4521
+1 507 837 5618


  • Ph.D., Animal Science - Ruminant Nutrition, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg (1985)
  • M.S., Animal Science - Ruminant Nutrition, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg (1982)
  • B.S., Animal Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1978)
  • College Diploma, Agricultural Marketing and Business Administration, Harper Adams University College, Newport, England (1970)
  • National Diploma, Agriculture with Distinction in Animal Husbandry, Harper Adams University College, Newport, England (1969)

Research Interests

  • Nutrition, health, and management of calves to be used for dairy heifer replacements or dairy-beef production
  • Nutrition, growth, development and economics of raising dairy heifers.
  • Inter-relationships of nutrition, physiology, metabolism, and genetics in dairy cattle
  • Production systems for raising Holstein beef calves and dairy heifers (confinement vs grazing)
  • Forage utilization (pasture and confinement) and mineral metabolism by ruminant
  • Feeding by-product feeds and feed additives to ruminants
  • Dairy herd health and nutrition; whole farm nutrient balance on livestock farms.


  • Dairy Extension Team
  • Beef Cattle Center Education Team
  • North Central Dairy Heifer Growers Association Educational Program Network
  • Professional Dairy Heifer Growers Association National Conferences
  • Dairy Profitability and Enhancement Program (DPEP)
  • Minnesota Nutrition Conference
  • Stray Voltage Task Force
  • DAIReXNET Calf and Heifer Management


  • Cady Distinguished Service Award, PDHGA, March 2006
  • Midwest Dairy Association Outstanding Service Award – Waseca County, 2005
  • Professional Dairy Heifer Growers Association Recognition Awards - Local Conference Chair, 1999; Conference Chair, 2003; Conference Co-chair, 2006
  • Outstanding Service and Leadership Awards, Minnesota Forage and Grassland Council, 1995-1996
  • Outstanding Service to 4-H, Waseca County, 1994
  • Appreciation Award for excellence in livestock production and contributions to applied coursework, University of Minnesota, Waseca, 1991
  • Pre-Occupational Program Student Training Appreciation Award, University of Minnesota, Waseca, 1988
Dr. Hugh Chester-Jones