Specialties: Animal Science
Animal Agriculture is Justin’s passion. As an instructor, he strives to keep students interested and focused by using real-life examples and teaching something each day that they can apply. In his role as Extension Specialist he works with youth, volunteers, and advisers across the state whose 4-H and/or FFA project is dairy related.
Justin coordinates dairy judging contests each year at the All-Utah Dairy Show in Ogden, Western Spring National Holstein Show in Richmond and the State FFA dairy judging contest held at the USU dairy. Additionally, he prepares a group of 12 youth from around the state to compete in the National Dairy Bowl/Jeopardy competition held in conjunction with the National Holstein Convention.
Justin’s Extension activities are funded through USU Extension, Utah Holstein Association and Richmond Black and White Days.
Justin Jenson was raised on a diverse farm in SE Idaho. 100 acres of pasture and 200 acres of tillable land were managed to produce grass, alfalfa hay and barley which was fed to a dairy herd, horses, beef cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens. Justin was involved in the day to day operation of all aspects of the farm for many years. In 1992, Justin completed an Associate degree in Welding Engineering Technology at Ricks College. He then completed a B.S. in Animal Science with a Business minor from USU in 1996. Justin went on to complete a M.S. degree in Dairy Management from USU in 2000. His graduate research was with uterine involution and reproductive efficiency in dairy cows. Justin was USU Dairy Herdsman Program Coordinator from 1999-2010, where he taught classes in Ag Math, Dairy Genetics, AI and Reproduction, Calf Management, Lactation and Milking Systems, Dairy Records and Finance and Dairy Evaluation and Judging. Justin currently teaches ADVS 1110: Introduction to Animal Science, ADVS 2080: Beef and Dairy Herd Health and Production Practices, and ADVS 4210: Applied Reproduction and Artificial Insemination. He is also Dairy Youth Extension Specialist and oversees jr. shows, judging contests, and dairy bowl/jeopardy competitions.