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ISU Dairy Farm sets open house

By Staff | Jun 2, 2013

AMES – Milk, cheese, ice cream and yogurt – these foods may not be found on a stick at the Iowa State Fair, but the Iowa State University Dairy Farm will be providing free samples at its annual open house from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. on June 7.

The ISU dairy will be hosting its fifth annual open house at its facility south of Ames.

The event allows visitors to tour the dairy every half hour. Tours begin at 6:30 a.m. and the last tour starts at 10:30 a.m. The tour includes stops at the milking parlor, milkhouse and a riding tour of the farm.

Visitors can learn about the different commodities in the Ag Discovery Center, while sampling free dairy products from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. The open house includes demonstrations on current technologies and best practices in animal care and comfort, product quality and safety, and environmental stewardship.

In April, the dairy farm had 394 milking cows, 438 total cows and a youngstock of 314. Average milk produced daily is around 78.5 pounds, with a protein percentage of 3.1 percent and a fat content of 3.9 percent.

The objective of the current dairy farm facilities, which opened in 2007, is to provide teaching, research and outreach opportunities.

The dairy farm covers 887 acres at 52470 260th St., in Ames, three miles south of central campus.

To get to the farm from U.S. Highway 30, take University Boulevard (exit 146) and go south one mile and turn right on 260th Street.

Sponsors of the June Dairy Month Celebration include Iowa State University, Midwest Dairy Association, Hy-Vee, Iowa State Dairy Association, Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, Swiss Valley Farms, The Dairy Foundation, Land O’Lakes Milk and Robert’s Dairy Foods.

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