Coleen M. Jones

Research Associate, Dairy


    Dairy calves and heifers



    About Me

    Since 2002, Coleen has managed the annual Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop, helping to build a program that offers continuing education and networking opportunities to feed industry professionals. She also assists with research and extension activities related to calves, heifers, and forages. Her primary interests include managing health and growth of young dairy cattle, nutritional requirements of newborn calves, use of computer models and programs to improve management decisions on the farm, and connecting farmers to information generated by research.

    Coleen is a member of the American Dairy Science Association and an avid supporter of the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge. She and her husband Brian operate a diversified farm in Craigsville, Virginia.

    Coleen grew up on a registered Holstein farm in western Pennsylvania and was actively involved in 4-H, FFA, and dairy promotion. She attended Virginia Tech and earned a bachelor’s degree in Dairy Science (production/business management option) with a minor in Agricultural and Applied Economics and actively participated in the Dairy Club. An internship with Hoard’s Dairyman helped Coleen decide to pursue a career related to communications. She completed a master’s degree in Dairy Management and Nutrition at Virginia Tech, focusing on the care and management of newborn calves.


    M.S. Dairy Management and Nutrition, Virginia Tech, 2001 B.S. Dairy Science, Virginia Tech, 1999