Animal Science Department

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Craig Russell

Craig Russell


Dairy Operations Manager



Craig Russell – Dairy Operations Manager – Bio

Office Building 18, Room 101

(805) 756-1616


Craig Russell’s vision is to prepare, developed, and harvest the talent of future Processors and Farmers by teaching the best-known industry practices with our minds and our hands.
The Dairy Operations Manager is responsible for 500 + registered dairy cattle. The Cal Poly Dairy is student run and regarded as “the best student run dairy in the world”. The Cal Poly Dairy functions with 30 student employees and is operated as a sustainable business. 
Craig Russell was an Organic Dairy Farmer January 2000 – June of 2019 where he owned and operated Fog Lake Dairy. This dairy was 1 of 13 grass fed organic dairies for Organic Valley.  During his time with Fog Lake Farm Craig completed a large grant funded construction project with over $500,000-dollar grant.
From August 2005- September 2008 Craig Russell worked as an Insurance Examiner II for Captive Insurance Examiner in Montpelier, VT.  His job responsibilities included the evaluation and advisory work involving the analysis of captive and traditional insurance companies for financial stability, treatment of policyholders and adherence to regulations for the Department of Banking, Insurance and Securities.

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