The Department of Animal Science at the University of Connecticut is fortunate to have all of its teaching and animal facilities within walking distance of campus. The department maintains teaching/ research units for beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, poultry, sheep and swine. An indoor arena, with seating for 500 people, is available for both teaching and extracurricular activities. Teaching and research are carried out in several modern laboratories including a meats and food products laboratory and a dairy processing plant.
The Agricultural Biotechnology Laboratory building (ABL) is adjacent to the George White Building and houses faculty and graduate students from the Department of Animal Science. This state-of-the-art facility provides undergraduate students with the opportunity for research experiences as Independent Studies, or as paid employees within different laboratories.
The Cattle Resource Unit (CRU) is located on Horsebarn Hill Road just north of the Swine Facility. It houses replacement heifers for the KDC and is utilized by the department's teaching, research, and extension programs. A small laboratory is present and enables researchers to collect and store samples prior to subsequent analysis.
The UConn Department of Animal Science Creamery is located in the George White Building. All of the ice cream sold in the UConn Dairy Bar is produced in the Creamery with fresh milk from UConn’s Kellogg Dairy Center. The Creamery is used for Dairy Foods research, outreach, and teaching activities. Visit the official UConn Creamery page for more information.
We currently maintain approximately 85 horses in the Department of Animal Science and specialize in the breeding of Morgans. Current facilities include... (please click on each thumbnail to see an enlarged photo of each unit)
The primary bloodlines in today's UConn Morgan Herd are based upon horses initially obtained from the United States Morgan Breeding Farm in the 1930s. The Horse Unit currently breeds five to six mares each year to produce enough foals to support its teaching and research programs.
UConn Morgans are shown and exhibited by our staff and students in many of the major Morgan Breed Shows, and have won many local, national and world championships.
The George C. White building houses the Department of Animal Science and the UConn Creamery. The building contains a "high tech" classroom, teaching laboratory, dairy processing laboratory, research laboratories, offices, conference rooms, and student library. It is used for undergraduate teaching, graduate and undergraduate research, faculty and staff offices and as a meeting place for student clubs in Animal Science.
The Kellogg Dairy Center (KDC) is a modern free-stall facility capable of accommodating over 100 milking animals (Holstein and Jersey). The building is equipped with a Voluntary Milking System (VMS; robotic milking system). With robotic milkers, the cows decide when they want to be milked (2 to 6 times per day). When she is ready, the cow will walk into the VMS and be fed a little food based on her needs and current milk production. The robotic arm will then clean and dry her udder, stimulate milk ejection release, milk the cow, and then send her back out into the herd. Robotic feeders are also used to ensure that each cow receives sufficient nutrients to maintain our current DHIA rolling herd averages of approximately 28,000 lbs. for the Holsteins and approximately 19,000 lbs. for the Jerseys.
In addition, the KDC contains a classroom, laboratory, surgical unit, and recovery room. There is an observation area where the public can watch milking in progress. Dorm rooms are available for students who work in the dairy units. This is an excellent opportunity for students to be exposed to all aspects of dairy management.
The Donald M. Kinsman Library is located in the Department of Animal Science and is available for all ANSC majors. The library contains scientific journals as well as a variety of livestock journals and magazines. There are a number of computers in the library for student use.
The Animal Science Department has teaching, research and demonstration facilities for 45 Angus and Hereford beef cows, 90 Dorset, Shropshire, and Southdown ewes and 30 swine.
Students are responsible for preparing and exhibiting beef cattle and sheep in shows and sales.
The livestock are heavily used in teaching and student hands-on activities.
The Meat Science and Food Products Laboratory is located in the Ratcliffe Hicks building adjacent to the George C. White building. The Meat Science Laboratory is used primarily in the manufacturing of processed meat products. Equipment includes grinders, bowl choppers, mixers, steam-jacketed kettles, sausage stuffers, walk-in coolers and freezers, 10-needle cure injectors, smokehouse, and vacuum packager. Immediately adjacent to this is a general kitchen/ preparation area, and a 6-unit sensory panel. Sensory assessment of various food products is carried out as part of teaching and research programs within the department.
The UConn Poultry Unit provides students the opportunity to study and work with egg layers, broilers, breeders, and fancy fowl. The buildings house up to 3,000 birds that can be used to brood and rear chicks, grow out young birds, and to house egg layers or meat birds. In the Poultry Resource Unit, opened in 2005, special pens are used for mating specific breeds of chickens for genetic research as well as to test for production qualities. The birds at the farm are used for research, fertile egg production, class work, and club work. Work study, student labor, and internships are available for students interested in gaining experience at the unit.
The Ratcliffe Hicks Arena is a heated, indoor facility (60' x 120') that is located close to the George C. White Building. It seats up to 500 spectators, and is used both for teaching and staging a number of extramural activities.