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tatiana Stanton

Cornell University Extension
Sheep and Goat Extension Associate

Dr. tatiana Stanton is a goat and sheep extension associate at Cornell University where she is part of the staff of the NE Sheep and Goat Marketing Program. In her spare time, tatiana maintains a small herd (35 doe) of high percentage Boer meat goats and chairs the Education Committee for the Empire State Meat Goat Producers Association.  In 1976, tatiana graduated  from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Crop Science and did a stint in the Peace Corps as a goat/hair sheep extentionist for the Jamaican 4-H.  While obtaining a MS in General Agriculture with emphases in Dairy Science and Tropical Soils from Cal Poly, she was herdsperson for a large commercial goat dairy.  After graduation, she worked with Heifer Project International as a small ruminant specialist in the Caribbean and later was the herdsperson for the International Dairy Goat Center at Prairie View, Texas.  She came up with a scheme to avoid milking goats by enrolling in a PhD program at Texas A&M with Dr. Robert Blake who later transferred to Cornell University.  In 1990, after many years of analyzing dairy cattle lactation records for the US, Mexico, Colombia, and Puerto Rico, she obtained a PhD in Animal Breeding at Cornell University.  As a post doctoral research associate she developed lactation curves for fat and protein yields for Northeastern US cow dairies and analyzed trends in dairy herd expansion while helping out with goat extension events. Eventually the goats won out over the cattle and computers and now tatiana focuses primarily on extension work with small ruminant livestock producers.