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Animal Industry Report

Extension Number

ASL R2317

Topic

Dairy

Summary and Implications

After many years (decades) of discussions, plans, and sometimes speculation, the new ISU Dairy Farm project is steamrolling ahead (mooooooving!!). Since Board of Reagents approval in August 2004 of the architect and engineering firms as well as the funding dollars, this dairy team along with all the stakeholders (ISU, NADC, dairy industry) have been intensely working to finalize the components and layout and construct a “state of the art” 450 milking cow (525 total) facility with all replacements included on site. Unique bidding of the dairy in 6 packages or components was completed in 2006 and timetable for completion and milking cows was fall 2007. Following an excellent pre- animal open house in October 2007, the new farm was christened with animals in late November (all female replacements on 11/26 and all lactating and dry cows on 11/27). The animals adjusted well (no loss in milk production, SCC maintained ~ 150,000) and it sure was nice (for animals and people) to be inside the new facilities when the ice storm and cold weather and wind hit that weekend. We’re still working through the growing pains of a new facility and systems but are extremely pleased and excited to be moving along and ahead! This facility will provide unique and excellent opportunities for teaching, research, and extension, and is forward designed for ISU to successfully lead the industry both now and into the future.

Copyright Holder

Iowa State University

Language

en

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