Everyone is Welcome to Visit UConn's Animal Barns!
Everyone is welcome to explore our animal barns that are open to the public and to learn more about the animals that are used in the Department of Animal Science program. Visitors can see dairy and beef cows, sheep, and horses. The poultry units are closed to the public.
Young animals can be found in the barns at the following times of year at barns that are opened to the public: baby foals in the summer in outside paddocks at Horse Unit II (building is not open to the public), lambs during February and March outside only at Livestock Unit 1, dairy calves year-round at the Cattle Resource Unit and beef calves beginning in mid March outside at Livestock Unit 1.
The Kellogg Dairy Center 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. Visitors can view the robotic milkers in the public viewing room on the right side of the building when looking at the front from the road. The viewing room is marked with a sign.
We ask that visitors DO NOT FEED the animals because some animals are on special diets. We also ask that visitors DO NOT TOUCH the animals due to the Rabies Alert in Connecticut and because animals can bite! If you accidentally touch an animal, please wash your hands with soap and warm water.
Currently our farms house:
Visitors are welcome to visit the following areas on Horsebarn Hill Road:
The barns are open every day including weekends and holidays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Many schools schedule field trips to visit UConn's barns. Groups are welcome to stroll through the barns. Groups containing young children may enjoy bringing along the "Follow the Animal Trail" brochure (see top of page for a printable version).
Parking: If your group arrives via bus and you plan on parking the bus unattended, then you will need to make arrangements with the Department of Parking Services to purchase a parking pass. For information regarding location and parking procedures visit the parking services website.
Ice Cream: The UConn Dairy Bar can accommodate your ice cream needs including making pre-scooped ice cream cups! If your group plans on visiting the UConn Dairy Bar, please call (860) 486-2634 to notify them of the size of the group and any special arrangements. For more information regarding the Dairy Bar, please visit the UConn Dairy Bar website.
Picnic Tables: There are a few picnic tables located along Horsebarn Hill Road and near the UConn Dairy Bar parking lot. Small groups can eat their lunch there. Many large groups just throw down a blanket and eat on the grass at various spots along Horsebarn Hill Road.
Restrooms: There are public restrooms available at the UConn Dairy Bar, the Kellogg Dairy Center, and at the Horsebarn Hill Arena.
Our agricultural college was started in 1881 to teach students the business of farming. Today, animal science has expanded to include veterinary science, environmental health issues, nutrition, animal production, food science, biotechnology and genetics. UConn students study a range of topics related to animal science including: