The University of Delaware Dairy is an integral part of the university’s teaching, research, and extension programs. The dairy, located on the 350 acre College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) complex in Newark, provides hands-on experiences and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
These experiences are significantly enhanced by the close proximity of our teaching and research facilities to the UD Newark farm. Only a few minutes separate the students engaged in our dairy science program from the real-world setting of a working dairy farm.
Dairy nutrition research is closely linked with studies on silage and forage production conducted on the farm. All forages fed at the UD dairy are grown on UD farmlands, where about 130 acres is available for the production of corn silage and alfalfa haylage. Additional UD land in nearby Middletown, Delaware provides an important supplementary source of haylage.
The dairy science program is also an outstanding example of the use of environmentally sound management practices that sustain productivity and protect water quality. Farm-wide, the UD CANR implements a comprehensive nutrient management plan that addresses nutrient balance and best management practices implemented in order to use fertilizers and manures in a manner that optimizes plant and animal productivity and protects air, soil, and water quality. Cooperative Extension programs conducted on the farm demonstrate these practices to farmers and others in the dairy industry.