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101 Animal Science Building
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405.744.6062
Fax: 405.744.7390

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Ferguson Family Dairy Center

Ferguson Family Dairy Center; Department of Animal and Food Sciences

The Oklahoma State University dairy herd consists of approximately 100 registered cows, half Holstein and half Jersey, that average 70 pounds of milk with a 3.9% fat test. The milking facility is a double-six herringbone parlor with automated cow identification, milk yield recording and milking unit detachers. The facility producers around 2,372,500 lbs. of milk a year.

A new freestall barn housing was finished in December of 2017. This facility houses our entire milking herd and features designated pre-fresh, maternity, fresh, and calf managing areas. The freestall barn includes an Insentec feeding system, with 16 feeders and two waterers. This system can record the feed and water intake for up to 32 cows. A data center collects information from the Insentec system daily. Helms Hall, student housing, was also completed in 2017 to provide student workers with modern, comfortable living.

The brick building that previously housed the milking parlor serves as a research and calf raising barn. There are 92 stanchion or tie stalls that can be used to individually feed research animals or as individual calf raising pens. This building also contains 13 box stalls. Individual stalls also exist for raising calves in the east wing. The former Bull Barn currently provides stalls for individually feeding or penning cows who may need isolation or attention for health purposes, or which may be used in embryo transfer or cooperative work with the Veterinary College. A calving shed (50’ x 16’) was recently completed.

The Dairy Center encompasses approximately 300 acres of pasture, with an additional 80 acres of tillable land nearby. Research currently being conducted at the Dairy Cattle Center includes ruminant nutrition, reproductive physiology, and health and well-being of dairy cattle. Also of notable mention, the Oklahoma State University Dairy Science Club was established in 1924 and is the oldest existing Dairy Science Club in the United States.

Dairy Center

Visit this website for dairy farm resources and more information about the dairy industry.

Contact Information

2624 West McElroy
Stillwater, OK 74078

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Facility Supervisor:
Leon Spicer

Herd Manager:
David Jones

Assistant Herd Manager:
Matthew Crosthwait

Ferguson Family Foundation Matching Opportunity

The (Larry) Ferguson Family Foundation is graciously providing funding for capital improvements and renovation of the Ferguson Family Dairy Center at a rate of 1.5:1. This opportunity will allow you to maximize your gift and grow your legacy at Oklahoma State.

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