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Gainesville beef teaching unit - beef cattle

Beef Teaching Unit

The University of Florida/IFAS Beef Teaching Unit is a 90-acre farm that includes a 200-head capacity feedyard and approximately 40-head cow/calf operation of various breeds, types, sizes, and levels of production. The primary purpose of the unit is to provide hands-on training to the students enrolled in the Animal Sciences program.

Beef unit - Gainesvill - sandhill cranes and beef cattle

Beef Unit

The Beef Unit is located 13 miles NE of the main UF campus.  The unit consists of approximately 1,200 acres on flatwoods type soils and presently has 350 multibreed cattle (various Angus by Brahman crosses) and the UF purebred Brahman herd.  This unit is the home of UF’s “Brahman Project.”

LE Red Dairy Sciences building

Dairy Science Building

The L. E. "Red" Larson Dairy Science Building, which adjoins the Animal Science Building, has been occupied since 1985. It contains five office suites, five postdoctorate and graduate student suites, conference room and a lounge area. A departmental darkroom is also available.

uf dairy unit

Dairy Unit

The University of Florida Dairy Unit is located 17 miles north of the Department of Animal Sciences, between the cities of Gainesville and Alachua. The unit was originally built in 1952 and it has undergone expansion and renovations over the years.

Professor training horse in a round pen while students watch.

Horse Teaching Unit

The UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences operates a horse teaching unit. This 65 acre farm was developed to teach the Equine student many aspects of the industry with hands-on practicality.

equine sciences center - horses

Equine Sciences Center

The Equine Sciences Center was established in 1969, this nutritional and reproductive research facility is a 320-acre complex located seven miles north of Ocala in Marion County, the center of Florida's horse breeding industry. The unit provides facilities for research on issues important to the horse industry.

meat processing - Chad Carr and students

Meat Processing Center

The University of Florida Meat Processing Center (establishment number 6537) is a Federal (USDA- FSIS) Inspected meat processing facility and is within the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences.

beef unit Santa Fe - beef cattle

Santa Fe River Ranch Beef Unit (Boston Farm)

The Santa Fe Beef Unit is located approximately 25 miles NW of Gainesville and supports almost 300 head of Angus and Brahman crossbred cows. This unit is home to the “Multi-Breed Herd.”


North Florida Research and Education Center

North Florida Research & Education Center

The North Florida Research & Education Center (NFREC) is one of the largest and the most diverse units of UF/IFAS, consisting of research and education campuses in Quincy and Marianna, Florida. NFREC has 16 active faculty members representing 8 academic departments and the School of Forest Resources and Conservation and a dynamic population of post-doctoral associates, scientific/farm/administrative staff.

Range Cattle Research and Education Center

Range Cattle Research & Education Center

The purpose of the Range Cattle Research and Education Center is to conduct research and provide information that will solve problems related to improving profitability of beef, forage and field crops, and dairy production in central and south Florida. Emphasis will be placed on developing new information that can be used immediately by these industry groups.

South Florida Beef Forage Program

South Florida Beef-Forage Program

The South Florida Beef-Forage Program is composed of extension faculty representing 12 Florida counties, in addition to research faculty and extension specialists located at various research centers and departments at the University of Florida. A major goal of this program is to coordinate extension and research activities for enhanced forage and cattle production in Central and South Florida.

USDA subtropical agricultural research station

Subtropical Agricultural Research Station

ARS Research is organized into National Programs. These programs serve to bring coordination, communication and empowerment to approximately 690 research projects carried out by ARS. The National Programs focus on the relevance, impact, and quality of ARS research.

Sourthwest Florida reasearch and education center

Southwest Florida Research & Education Center

The Southwest Florida Research and Education Center is situated on 320 acres, the center serves growers, farmers, and other clientele in Collier, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, and Lee counties. It supplies decision-makers with specific knowledge to sustain and enhance agricultural, human, and natural resources through nationally and internationally recognized research, extension, and teaching programs.