The Dairy Science Complex at Kentland Farm
Encompassing 35 carefully planned acres, this state-of-the art facility is the result of a relocation plan necessitated by expansions of the VT Airport and Corporate Research Center, as well as a new interchange on Rt. 460 at Southgate. We miss being close to campus, but the new Dairy Complex is a much more efficient use of land than the previous facility and it has given us the opportunity to upgrade and improve some of the technologies incorporated.
The 232 milking cows are housed in a freestall barn where feed consumption can be monitored for research. The barn features drovers alleys on both sides and research pens on one side. It is double sloped to middle and utilizes sand bedding. The sand is recycled using a weeping wall system for manure management.
The milking facility is designed for animal handling with a double 12 parallel parlor and houses administrative offices. There is also a special needs barn for use with weaned calves, breeding age heirs and close up dry cows. Additionally, there's a calf barn with automatic feeders and weaned calf pens.
Of special note, our herd is currently the only one in the nation with both AFILab and Pedometer Plus systems.
Litton-Reaves Hall houses our department offices, classrooms, computer labs, Dairy Club Room, faculty offices and well-equipped teaching and research laboratories.
The Bovine Extension, Teaching & Research (BETR) Building is located at the beef center on Plantation Road. This new 10,277 sq. ft. facility provides classrooms, lab space, and animal holding space to support hands-on animal science instruction and research, as well as housing extension activities.