UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

  • Mann Valley Farm sign near road
  • Mann Valley Farm landscape
  • Case IH on the Mann Valley Farm
  • Livestock on the Mann Valley Farm
  • exterior on the Mann Valley Farm
  • Campus Farm equine fields
  • Falcon Frontier Rodeo sign at Campus Farm

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Laboratory Farms

Welcome to the Farms!

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science has provided training in the agricultural sciences since 1912. We have earned an outstanding reputation for quality education and service to the people of Wisconsin. UW-River Falls operates two laboratory farms which are an integral part of our students' education. Many classes in animal sciences, horticulture, crop and soil science, environmental science and agricultural engineering technology meet on the farms for the laboratory portions of the course.

In addition to the production of crops, the laboratory farms support horse, beef and dairy cattle herds, a swine herd and a sheep flock. Demonstrations and experimental plots are also provided for student use. Cropland and livestock production facilities are used for classroom and hands-on educational purposes. Modern facilities house the animals and are used to demonstrate the relationships between management, nutrition, breeding and the environment.

2019 Farm Staff
Farm employees (left to right): Thomas Brown, Greg Zwald, Heather Campbell, David James and Allison Kirker (not pictured: Mark Watrud and Jenna Goveronski)

Greg Zwald, Farm Director
Allison Kirker, Animal Research Technician Senior (Dairy)
Thomas Brown, Dairy Herd Manager
Jenna Goveronski, Equine Enterprise Manager
Mark Watrud, Farm Equipment
Heather Campbell, Lab Coordinator
David James, Livestock Enterprise Manager

Campus Farm

  • Rodeo sign at the campus farm
  • Students in the colt barn at the campus farm
  • Indoor riding arena at the campus farm
  • Equine production class at the campus farm

Located south of River Falls within walking distance of campus, the Campus Farm includes approximately 130 acres primarily devoted to horse operations and includes the following features:

  • Outdoor and heated indoor rodeo arenas
  • Barns with classroom space
  • Colt barn
  • Breeding facilities
  • Pasture and hay land
  • Rodeo arena (student-run rodeo each fall)
  • Multi-purpose arena for livestock shows and sales
  • 32 acres for horticulture research and extension work
  • 8 acres for environmental science and forestry projects on the northwest edge of the farm

Mann Valley Farm

  • Swine class with students
  • UWRF student holding piglet Mann Valley Farm
  • Students in Dairy Nutrition lab at Mann Valley Farm 09182017 kmh-8-1
  • Animal Industries course sheep
  • Lamb Mann Valley Farm

Located 2.5 miles northwest of River Falls at County Road MM and S. Glover Road, Mann Valley Farm spans approximately 475 acres. The farm houses beef, dairy, sheep and swine operations, and facilities include:

  • Beef finishing lots
  • Swine farrowing
  • Hoop and finishing barns
  • Sheep barn with heated lambing rooms
  • St. Croix Valley Bull Test Station
  • Dairy Learning Center
  • Indoor classroom
  • Outdoor pavilion for instruction, contests, workshops and livestock shows/sales
  • Case IH provides the farm with the latest in farming technology and equipment
  • Feed processing, grain drying and storage units (cropland on the farm produces the majority of feed required for livestock production)
  • Interdisciplinary composting research program housed on-site.

2019 Dairy Learning Center
At UWRF, we strive to make the learning experience for our students an engaging one. Our Dairy Learning Center (DLC) complex offers the latest in dairy technology, allowing our students to acquire skills using the most effective tools. The DLC is located on the Mann Valley Farm, just 2.5 miles northwest of River Falls.

The Dairy Learning Center features:

  • Two 25-student classrooms attached to the miking center, expandable to hold groups of 50 for industry events
  • A pavilion for livestock sales and shows
  • An environmentally-friendly composted bedding housing system for 100 lactating cows
  • Systems to minimize wastewater – water to cool the milk will be reused for the livestock, the equipment wash water will be reused to clean the floors
  • A waste-handling system that lends itself to research studies on manure resource management
  • A Bou-Matic double-6 herringbone parlor with a StepMetrix lameness detection system that will monitor the weight distribution of the cow in order to identify lame animals
  • Research bays with Calan gates allowing the herd to be split into groups for nutrition trials. Continuing research on composted bedding systems.
  • Both confinement and pasture-based management systems

Compost Sale

The Mann Valley Farm Compost Sale will be held Sept. 19, 25 and 26, and Oct. 2-3. Learn more.


Student Farm Jobs

Applications for student workers on the laboratory farms will be accepted on an ongoing basis as positions become available. Visit the UWRF Career Services job site Handshake to apply


Visit the Farms

The UWRF laboratory farms are open to the public. We make every effort to accommodate tours for groups while taking into account the class schedules of our student tour guides.

For tour appointments, email Laura Walsh in the CAFES Dean's Office at laura.walsh@uwrf.edu.

Take a tour of the lab farms with this self-guided map, or visit the UWRF Interactive Map.


Farm Master Plan

Learn about the Laboratory Farm Master Plan project.

Contact Us

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
laura.walsh@uwrf.edu
715-425-3535
Fax 715-425-3785
210 Agricultural Science
611 S. 3rd St.
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