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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. On June 7 from 6 to 11 a.m. the ISU Dairy will host its fifth annual open house at the ISU Dairy Farm, located south of Ames, Iowa.
The event, open to the public, 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 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.
This new dairy facility opened in 2007, built to replace the old ISU dairy farm
The ISU Dairy Farm had 394 milking cows, 438 total cows and a young stock herd of 314 at the end of April. Each cow produces around 78.5 pounds of milk per day, with a protein percentage of 3.1% and a fat content of 3.9%. The objective of the current ISU dairy farm facilities, which opened in 2007 and replaced the historic old facilities, is to provide teaching, research and outreach opportunities.
The ISU Dairy Farm is located on 887 acres at 52470 260th Street, three miles south of the central campus at Ames. To get to the farm from 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 included ISU, 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.