UF/IFAS Advancement

UF/IFAS Advancement

UF/IFAS Dairy Farm

The UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences is fundraising to renovate the UF Dairy Farm, a multi-year fundraising project. When finished, the Dairy Farm will be more economically sustainable, and its facilities more representative of the industry standard. These renovations will ensure the longevity of UF’s preeminence in dairy science and allow the Dairy Farm to contribute to the research and Extension needs of the national dairy industry.


 Click here to Support the Dairy Farm

Thank You to Our Supporters

The following people and organizations have generously supported this project so far:

Did You Know?

  • The UF Dairy Farm is the primary research laboratory for 19 faculty working on dairy cattle management and welfare
  • The University of Florida is among the top five US universities in annual dairy cattle research publications
  • The dairy industry of Florida is dependent on research and extension provided by the dairy science program at Florida


Here is more information about the renovations we wish to make to the Dairy Farm:

Phase 1 – Maternity Barn & Cropland Improvement

  • Barn will ensure pregnant cows are out of the sun and mud as they approach delivery
  • Cropland improvements will allow for all feed to be produced in-house

Phase 2 – Hospital Barn & Calf Nursery

  • An on-site hospital to be used by veterinary students, keeping cows healthy and saving money long-term
  • A calf nursery enhances our commitment to calf health and safety

Phase 3 – Discovery Barn

  • Allows UF to compete for additional grant funding to safeguard the best animal welfare practices and secure high production yields

Phase 4 – Heifer Housing

  • Permits more effective heifer rearing--critical for a growing herd
  • Optimizes herd growth while protecting the surrounding environment

Phase 5 – Emerging Innovation Milking Parlor

  • Models best management practices and emerging technology to the nation’s dairy farmers

Phase 6 – Dairy Education Complex

  • Facilitates teaching students and instructing Extension activities
  • Space to host visiting dairy industry leaders

For more information about supporting the Dairy Farm, please contact:

Peter J. Hansen, Ph.D
UF/IFAS Dept. of Animal Sciences
P.O. Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392-1981 | pjhansen@ufl.edu
      Christy Chiarelli
UF/IFAS Advancement
P.O. Box 110170
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 273-0353 | ccw@ufl.edu