Heritage Livestock - United Kingdom

Type of Travel: 
United Kingdom
Program Director(s): 
Departure Date: 
Sunday, May 10, 2020 to Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 1, 2019

Tour the farms and regions of the United Kingdom to learn about purebred livestock and breed development and to see where many animal breeds originated. Visits to multiple rare breed farm parks will allow students access to more than 25 rare breeds of cattle, pigs, sheep, horses and goats. Additional stops include a visit to Haven Herefords to see the oldest breeding herd of Hereford cattle in the world,  and a visit to Ballindalloch Castle to see the oldest Aberdeen Angus herd in the world.

Cultural visits include a stop at the World War II American Cemetery at Cambridge, UNESCO World Heritage Site Hadrian’s Wall, and the historic city of Edinburgh.

Program Goals

  • To expose students to the breeds of livestock that were developed in the UK.
  • To provide an international experience to students to expose them to another culture, history and heritage.
  • Allow students to develop frienship with each other while travelling.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students will:

  1. Identify breeds of beef and dairy cattle, horses, sheep and swine that were developed in the UK that became economically important to the US livestock industry
  2. Describe the development and genetic selection of these breeds
  3. Identify the regions of development of these breeds
  4. Describe the agriculture contributions of the various regions visited
  5. Describe the cultural contributions of England and Scotland

Participant Selection Criteria

  • Students must be enrolled in any major within Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • In good academic standing
  • Pre-requisite: An S 101 or An S 114 or FSHN 101

Skills and Additional Requirements
This program will require you to be prepared to be a responsible traveler; It is expected that you will be mature, considerate and polite; It is expected that you will eagerly and openly accept others from different cultures and delight in learning about the world we live in.

Note: Due to international quarantine restrictions service animals cannot be accommodated on our study abroad programs. For more information, please contact the Iowa State University Student Accessibility Services Office.  

Course Information
You will earn a total of 3 credits for An S 496. This course has a pre-departure course component and a travel component

An S 496-For Pre-departure part of the course, class will meet during the spring semester at a location and a time TBD. This course will

  • Set the tone for the program
  • Discuss academic portion 
  • Lay out expectations and procedures 
  • Answer your questions and concerns
  • Cover topics about itinerary, accommodation, meals, safety, health, logistics, travel documents, finances and more.
  • Travel portion of the course will take place during May 2020.

 Students must take both the on-campus course and complete the travel component.  

Program Fee*
$5,200 (includes roundtrip airfare, lodging, in-country arrangements)

Other ISU Fees*
$105 Study Abroad Administrative Fee
$23 CISI health insurance and travel assist

ISU tuition and fees for 3 credits of AnS 496 will be applied as needed.

*will appear on U-bill

Out-of-Pocket Expenses
$350 (meals, souvenirs, toiletries, cell phone fees, visa if required, vaccines and preventative medicines, etc.)
$175 passport and mailing*

*If you are a first time traveler in CALS and need a passport, click here to find out how you can get the cost of your passport reimbursed (up to $145)

There are study abroad scholarships available through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences study abroad office in 0018 Curtiss Hall. Scholarship application details are served to CALS students in the learning content section of the study abroad program application. Application deadline for Spring term scholarship applications is November 1, 2019

Other Scholarship resources

Office Of Students Financial Aid

Affording to go

Iowa State University Student Affairs Scholarships

Application Process
To be considered in the selection process, applicants should have completed the program application in its entirety before the application deadline of November 1, 2019.

  • Once the selection process is complete, you will be notified about the decision.
  • If you are accepted to the program you will be required to commit or decline participation.
  • Typically you will be given 7 to 10 days with a specific commitment date to finalize your decision.

Once you commit to the program, you are officially a participant in the program and will be responsible for all the program cost outlined in the budget. If you withdraw your participation after committing to a program, you will be responsible for all non-refundable payments that were made on your behalf and these charges will be charged to your U-bill.

Tentative Program Itinerary

Sunday, May 10, 2020
Depart Ames and travel to London

Monday, May 11, 2020
Arrive London and travel to Cambridge
Welcome dinner and free time

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Tour Cambridge
Visit Wimpole Estate (one of UK's largest rare breed center - conserving rare and traditional breeds of livestock)

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Depart for London
American Military Cemetery
Sight seeing tour

Thursday, May 14, 2020
Free day in London
West End Theater show in evening

Friday, May 15, 2020
Depart London
Windsor House Racing Stables (tour stables and visit the gallops)
Depart for Cheltenham
Cotswold Farm Park (home to over 50 traditional breeds of livestock)
Depart for Worcester

Saturday, May 16, 2020
Haven Herefords (oldest family run herd of purebred Hereford cattle in the world)
Depart for Powys (Wales)
Black Welsh cattle farm (TBD)

Sunday, May 17, 2020
Snowdonia National Park (visit to National Trust farm with hill sheep of the region)
National Slate Museum (similar to Living History Farms)

Monday, May 18, 2020
Depart for Lake District (England)
Visit historic Lakeland Fell farm - Herdwick and Swaledale sheep and Aberdeen Angus cattle
Sheep dog demonstration
Depart for Scottish Borders

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Rawburn Farms (Angus and Limousin cattle and Suffolk and Texel sheep)
Gaindykehead Farm (commercial beef operation)
Depart for Stirling
Caledonian Auction Marts 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Blair Castle (Luing and Saler cattle, Texel and Lleyn sheep, Highland cattle, Highland ponies, and red stags)
Blair Castle Tour
Blair Athol Distillery (one of the oldest working whisky distilleries in Scotland)
Travel through Cairngorms National Park en route to Inverness

Thursday, May 21, 2020
Loch Ness cruise
Knockando Woolmill
Ballindalloch Castle (oldest surviving bloodlines of Aberdeen Angus cattle in world)

Friday, May 22, 2020
Travel to Deeside
Aberdeenshitre Highlands (show team, cattle handling system)
Travel to Arbroath
Experience "Arbroath Smokies" (fish smokehouses)
Travel to Perth

Saturday, May 23, 2020
Full day to visit the Fife Agricultural Show (since 1821)
Travel to Edinburgh

Sunday, May 24, 2020
City tour followed by free time in Edinburgh

Monday, May 25, 2020
Travel to Falkirk
Visit the Helix ecopark and Kelpies equine sculptures
Travel to Stirling
Visit Stirling Castle
Return to Edinburgh
Farewell dinner

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Return to US

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