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Visit the UConn Animal Barns

Everyone's Welcome to Visit UConn's Animal Barns!

  • Other Questions?  E-mail the Department of Animal Science secretary, Ms. Kathy Noyes

WHAT WILL VISITORS SEE?

Everyone is welcome to explore our animal barns and to learn more about the animals we care for. Visitors can see dairy & beef cows, sheep,and horses. The poultry barn is closed to the public.

Young animals can be found in the barns at the following times of year: baby foals in the spring, lambs during the entire month of February, dairy calves year-round and beef calves beginning in mid March.

Every day visitors can view the UConn dairy cows being milked from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Kellogg Dairy Center.

We ask that visitors do not feed the animals because some animals are on special diets. We also ask that visitors do not pet the animals due to the Rabies Alert in Connecticut and that animals will bite!

Currently our farms house:

  • Over 200 Holstein and Jersey Cows
  • 50 Brood Ewes
  • 45 Mature Beef Cattle
  • 85 Horses
  • 800 Poultry

 

WHERE CAN VISITORS GO?

Tours of the UConn Animal Barns are self-guided. The following resources are located on Horsebarn Hill Road:

  • Barns: Horse Barn, Beef and Sheep Barn, Cattle Resource Unit (CRU), and the Kellogg Dairy Center (KDC).
  • UConn Dairy Bar: Many visitors wind down their visit by stopping off at the UConn Dairy Bar for an ice cream treat. If your group consists of 10 or more individuals it would be appreciated if you would contact the UConn Dairy Bar at (860) 486-2634 to specify the size of your group and the day you will be visiting.
  • Restrooms: Public restrooms are available at the Dairy Bar, the Kellogg Dairy Center and the Horsebarn Hill Arena.
  • Picnic Tables: There are just a few picnic tables located along Horsebarn Hill for visitors to stop and rest during their visit.

 

WHEN CAN VISITORS TOUR THE BARNS?

The barns are open every day including weekends and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

SCHOOL GROUPS

Many schools schedule field trips to visit UConn's barns. Groups are welcome to stroll through the barns on a self-guided tour. 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 ($5). 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.

UCONN'S ANIMAL SCIENCE DEPT

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:

  • raising beef cattle for better quality meat
  • breeding and feeding dairy cattle to produce higher quantities of milk
  • improved reproductive efficiency of livestock
  • understanding the biology of animal growth
  • improving the safety of animal based food products
The UConn farm animals are maintained and cared for by approximately 15 full-time UConn staff and approximately 60 Animal Science students. Animal Science students gain valuable "hands-on" experience caring for UConn's animals.

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Last updated: 08/29/2014 2:15:19

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Department of Animal Science
3636 Horsebarn Road Ext.
Storrs, CT 06269-4040
Phone: (860) 486-2413
Fax: (860) 486-4375