Research and Demonstration:
Swine. Research focuses on alternative pig production. The ISU Hoop Research Complex is located at the farm. Studies on animal density, pork quality, alternative feeds and wean-to-finish approaches are conducted with finishing pigs. Researchers include scientists from animal science and extension.
Forage. Performance of young cattle is evaluated using various rotational grazing systems. Cover crops are studied for their potential as a grazed forage and their impact on crop yields, soil quality and nutrient management properties. Native plants in the Loess hills also are being researched. The farm staff helps with research projects in area farmers’ fields.