ISU Dairy Farm to host June 10 open house

Children petting calves at the 2015 ISU Dairy Farm open house.

A video recap of last year’s open house highlights many of the activities visitors can enjoy at the annual ISU Dairy Farm celebration. Video by Dave Olson.

By the numbers

  • 1 cow = 84 pounds milk per day
  • 1 cow = $23,445 community economic activity ($4.9 billion statewide)
  • Iowa is nation’s No. 12 milk producer
  • Iowa has 1,400 dairy farms
  • Iowa has 212,000 dairy cows

The ISU Dairy Farm’s annual open house is Friday, June 10 (6-11 a.m.). Now in its eighth year, the free public event includes tours, samples, giveaways, displays and more in celebration of national Dairy Month.

The farm, located about three miles south of campus at 52470 260th St., houses 400 milking cows on nearly 900 acres. Tours will be conducted every 30 minutes, beginning at 6:30 a.m., and include a stop in the milking parlor and a trolley ride through the farm. Demonstrations and presentations will be set up in the ag discovery center, along with dairy samples.

Please note: Individuals who recently traveled abroad are asked to wait at least five days before visiting any ISU farm. Visitors should not bring food, and change clothing and footwear if arriving from another farm.