Ruminant Nutrition Farm

Iowa State ruminant nutrition farm

cowsBeef 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. All pen sizes are adequate for up to six animals. 

There are 120 acres of improved pasture available for grazing research and several small open lots with fence line feed bunks. A modern, indoor animal handling facility, feed mill and indoor and outdoor feed storage structures are on hand.



The mission of the farm is to provide facilities and support for research aimed at optimizing nutrition and management of beef cattle in Iowa.