The Swine Nutrition Farm is located 4.5 miles north west of campus. It provides a diversity of research capabilities – including a 480-head nursery, two 300-head grower rooms, plus an array of individual housing for pigs from nursery age to market – along with extensive metabolism facilities and a surgery. There is also a feed mill for preparation of very precise research diets.
The mission of the Sheep Teaching Farm is to provide facilities, livestock, and instruction for undergraduate education and extension outreach programs on sheep production and flock management.
Beef nutrition research facilities are available at the Beef Nutrition Farm located approximately 5 miles northwest of the ISU campus. Facilities include a modern open-front, 60-pen feedlot, a 7-pen feedlot with an electronic feed intake management system, and a 16-pen open-front feedlot.
The Robert T. Hamilton Poultry Research and Teaching Facility was built in 2019 and is located at 3840 520th Avenue, approximately 3 miles southwest of the main campus, and covers 11 acres. It is located on the teaching farm complex that also includes the beef, sheep, and swine teaching units. The unit is utilized for teaching and research activities with broilers, layers, turkeys, and other avian species.
The Lauren Christian Swine Breeding Research Farm is a 200 sow farrow-to-finish operation. Research conducted at this farm revolves around genetics and reproduction research, additionally we can accommodate other studies such as animal welfare and handling, housing, and some basic nutritional studies.
The facility is unique to Iowa State and nearly all of the Midwest, allowing animal-human interaction through teaching laboratories, outreach activities and a variety of functions for future and current students. Located 2508 Mortensen Road Ames, IA 50011.
The Department of Animal Science works closely with ISU Research and Demonstration Farms of McNay, Armstrong, Allee and Western Research Farms.
The Department of Animal Science at ISU proudly maintains the historic horse barns located on campus. The horse barns provide students with the opportunity to learn and work in a hands-on setting. The historic barns house two student apartments, an office, reproduction lab, equine treadmill, and classroom.
The Dairy farm is located on 887 acres with 400 dairy cows and is used for teaching, research, and outreach activities.
The Beef Teaching Farm strives for excellence in cattle production and hands-on teaching. The herd has both spring and fall calving programs. Purebred calves are born in the spring - primarily March and April. Angus and Simmental breeds comprise the purebred herds.
The Allen Christen Swine Teaching farm is a 90 sow farrow-to-finish operation. The primary mission of this farm is to provide for our teaching opportunities needs and showcasing all stages of modern swine production. The herd consists of purebred Berkshires and Durocs, and maintains some commercial Yorkshire-Landrace crossbreds.