Eric Houdek

Eric is pursuing a master’s in Animal Science focusing on dairy cattle genetics. He is co-advised by Drs. Les Hansen and Brad Heins. The main focus of his research is comparing the lactation curves of ProCROSS crossbred cows to pure Holsteins.

Eric grew up in Caledonia, Minnesota on his family’s 400 cow Registered Holstein farm. He attended the University of Minnesota where he majored in Animal Science with a dairy production emphasis. As an undergrad, Eric was involved in Gopher Dairy Club and Alpha Gamma Rho, and was also a member of the Dairy Judging Team and the Dairy Challenge Team.

In his spare time, Eric enjoys being outdoors, sports, and going home to help on his family’s farm.