The Department of Animal Science conducts a comprehensive research program serving the needs of the people of the state of Arkansas and the nation. Principal fields include nutrition, physiology, genetics, parasitology and meat science.
Research is conducted at three locations in Arkansas - on and near the main campus in Fayetteville, at the Batesville Research Station in northeast Arkansas and the Southwest Research and Extension Center at Hope.
Animal Science Research Facilities in Fayetteville:
This center houses many animal science dedicated research facilities including:
- Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center
- 100 x 250 ft. riding arena with seating for 750
- three classrooms
- 2500 square foot foyer
- Conference room
- 10,000 sq. ft. show barn with 25 pens, scales, squeeze chute and washing and drying area (located adjacent to the arena)
- Dorothy E. King Equine Pavilion
- Teaching areas
- 10 stalls for horses
- 150 x 250 foot lighted outdoor arena
- Red Meat Abattoir
- Has capability for the harvest process of beef, pork and lamb, cooler rooms, cutting room, freezers and equipment for most routine processing of red meats. Other processing facilities and taste panel rooms are used in cooperation with the departments of poultry science and food science.
- Animal Science Feed Mill
- This building is FDA licensed and manufactures feeds for the department's herds. Pelleted feeds in small or large batches can be manufactured.
- Digestion and Metabolism Unit
- Located adjacent to the feed mill
- 20 expanded metal pens for pigs, sheep and small calves
- 20 PVC plastic sheep metabolism stalls
- 12 individual cattle stalls capable of handling calves up to 500 lbs
The Physiology Farm
Located four miles west of campus, comprised of 240 acres.
Houses the facilities for embryo transfer and parasitology research. Sample preparation labs and cattle handling facilities are also at the unit.
Located 10 miles west of campus.
- Cow/Calf Research Unit
- 250 cows grazing several hundred acres
- Handling facilities
- Replicated small pastures
- Swine Research and Teaching Center
- Management facilities similar to industry conditions
- 3-site production
- growing and finishing
- off-site nursery
- 130 sows
- Has extensive livestock inventories and facilities for management similar to industry conditions, such as a growing and finishing unit built in 2001 and a remodeled farrowing and nursery unit. Three-site production, including an off-site nursery, located close to campus is available. Farrow to finish production includes 130 sows and their offspring as well as outside pigs for the off-site nursery.