The Ohio State ATI dairy facility includes:
- A free-stall barn which houses a registered herd of 120 high-producing Holstein, Jersey, and Brown Swiss milking cows. ATI’s dairy herd is a multiple year recipient of the Holstein Association USA’s Progressive Breeder Award, American Jersey Cattle Association’s high JPI herd recognition, and Brown Swiss Cattle Breeder’s Top 25% Genetic Herd recognition
- A fully automated double-ten parallel milking parlor equipped with electronic identification and computerized milk weight recording
- Computerized feeding system monitors TMR ration mixing, feeder efficiency, and feed inventory and calculates economic ratios
- A computerized animal activity monitoring system is used to detect estrus and inactivity due to health concerns
Each student assists in the milking, feeding, record keeping, health, reproductive, genetic and housing management of the dairy farm laboratory.