The Dairy Research and Education Center was established in 1929 and is the site of research studies on use of forage in dairy rations, dairy cattle breeding and genetics, dairy reproduction studies, mastitis and udder health, and water quality and dairy waste. The center manages one of the largest and highest milk-producing Jersey herds in the world that functions as a research herd.

Photo: Dairy REC.
 
Research studies focus on improving forage and dairy production and management techniques. The center is noted for its nutrition studies to evaluate various forage crops fed to high-producing cows. High quality forages that are adapted to this area are produced here. The modern dairy managment program includes computerization of feeding of concentrates and milk weight recording. The station also features an individual forage research area for 36 animals. Current research at the center also includes studies on calf and replacement heifer management.

The center hosts visitors at its field days and open house as well as throughout the year. The center is operated in cooperation with the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

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Dairy Research &
Education Center
1070 New Lake Road
Lewisburg, TN 37091

Phone: 931-270-2240
Fax: 931-270-2242
fnichols@utk.edu