Facilities in Animal Sciences
The Agricultural Sciences programs have a number of excellent facilities where students can learn and put to use classroom theory and gain hands-on, practical experience using facilities that stand up to industry-wide standards.
The College Farm
Feed storage buildings, covered pens, dry lots, natural pastures, and irrigated pastures all make up our Beef Unit facilities. We maintain a breeding herd of approximately 20 crossbred females used to breed project animals for our students.
Two barns are used for housing sheep used for student learning and projects: a project barn with a shearing area, and a lambing barn with pens for holding the ewes and lambs after they exit the jails. We also have a working corral with cutting chutes and sorting pens. We have 30 acres of pasture for our flock of 45 Suffolk and Hampshire ewes and two stud rams. Lambs are raised and sold through a club lamb sale organized by students. The lambs go to 4-H and F.F.A. students where many champions have been purchased for the flock.
A modern confinement swine unit with a farrow to finish program and several sows and a board help our students gain practical experience in swine production.
An eight-stall barn with two foaling stalls and a stallion barn and paddock with plenty of paddocks for young horses provide experience for students learning horse management. Training facilities include a bull pen, goose neck arena, hot walker and plenty of trails to ride on. We also house an artificial insemination lab in the barn. Eight broodmares and a stallion as well as numerous offspring help provide students with practical experience working with horses.