Animal Industry Report

Extension Number

ASL R2109



Summary and Implications

After many years (decades) of discussions, plans, and sometimes speculation, the new ISU Dairy Science Education and Discovery Facility (Farm) project is steamrolling ahead (mooooooving!!). Following Board of Reagents approval in August 2004 of the architect and engineering firms as well as the funding dollars (which will come from the sale of the Ankeny Farm property), this dairy team along with all the stakeholders (ISU, NADC, dairy industry) have been intensely working to finalize the components and layout for a “state of the art” 450 milking cow (525 total) facility with all replacements included on site. Unique bidding of the dairy in 7 packages or components will be completed shortly and timetable for completion and milking cows in spring 2007. This facility will provide unique and excellent opportunities for teaching, research, and extension, and is forward designed to successfully lead the industry both now and into the future.

Copyright Holder

Iowa State University