The animal and dairy science department has modern facilities for housing swine, sheep, beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, and laboratory animals. The swine center at Athens consists of a 100 sow farrow-to-finish confinement unit and a 45 sow teaching herd. In addition, there are outside facilities that accommodate 100 to 150 animals, a surgery lab for experimental surgery and a surgery recovery room. The beef cattle center at Athens includes a physiology barn, beef barn, metabolism facility, and feedlots that accommodate 200 brood cows and 200 to 300 steers. The horse facilities include barns and 200 acres that accommodate 75 horses.
The Edgar L. Rhodes Center for Animal and Dairy Science contains excellent, well equipped laboratory facilities as well as instruction and research facilities that will allow sophisticated animal studies including intensive feeding trials, metabolism studies, as well as physiology and transgenic research. In addition, the complex contains a meat science technology center to support meat science teaching and research. Cooperative research is conducted at the Richard B. Russell Agricultural Research Center, Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Foods and Nutrition, and Department of Food Science.
The beef cattle center at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Ga., consists of a 250 cow operation with feedlot and metabolism facilities. The dairy cattle center at CPES includes flush-clean main barns accommodating 200 cows.
Eatonton Beef Research Unit
The Eatonton Beef Research Unit (also known as the Eatonton Beef Farm) consists of approximately 1,900 acres in Eatonton, Ga. The farm was transferred to Animal and Dairy Science management in 2012.
The Equine Unit, housed at the Livestock Instructional Arena, consists of a covered arena, outdoor arena, and indoor, climate controlled arena with seating for 395 people that is handicap accessible. The unit also includes a classroom with state of the art technology as well a drop down projector screen and audio/visual capabilities in the indoor arena. A kitchen, offices, and a conference room are also a part of the unit. Approximately 30 horses are managed on the farm, and are mainly used for teaching and undergraduate research purposes. Approximately four student workers are employed at the farm throughout the year.