Robert T. Hamilton Poultry Teaching & Research Facility

Poultry teaching farm building

The ISU Poultry Science Farm was built in 1963 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. At least six courses are taught annually at the farm. Three animal science faculty and a number of faculty from other departments in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Animal Disease Center utilize the birds and farm facilities for their research. 

The Poultry Science Farm is the single farm within the department that provides the facilities and labor to maintain programs of excellence in research and instruction with avian species.

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3840 520th Ave, Ames, IA 50014

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