Laboratory Farms

PRRS update March 2016: A decision has been made in response to the recent PRRS outbreak. Beginning April 1, the UWRF swine herd will be depopulated. Depopulation will be completed gradually ending July 15. Once depopulation is complete, sanitation and maintenance will occur on existing swine facilities. The swine enterprise will be repopulated with purebred Yorkshire gilts around August 15.

PRRS update February 2016: The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences has received a positive diagnosis for PRRS (porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome) in the swine herd at the Mann Valley Farm. Tests are underway to determine how widespread the outbreak is, and discussions on appropriate management strategies are ongoing. This virus disease is specific to swine - humans and other animals (horses, dogs, cats, llamas, etc) are not at risk of contracting the disease. The USDA estimates 60 to 70% of swine herds in the Midwestern U.S. have PRRS. The greatest risk of contracting the disease is through pig to pig contact. Even though the risk of transmitting the virus through pedestrian or vehicle traffic is relatively minimal, until further notice we are restricting tour groups to the eastern side of the farm. For more information about PRRS, please visit this page.

Welcome to the Farms!

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science has provided training in the agricultural sciences since 1912. It has 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 the educational program. 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.

Laboratory Farm Staff

Bill Connolly, Farm Director
Allison Kirker, Animal Research Technician Senior (Dairy)
Harry Larsen, Farm Associate (Supervisor, Mann Valley Farm)
Becky Schley, Dairy Enterprise Manager
Aaron Thibault, Feed Technician
Mark Watrud, Farm Equipment

Campus Farm

Located south of River Falls within walking distance of campus, the Campus Farm includes approximately 130 acres primarily devoted to horse operations. The facilities of the farm include outdoor and heated indoor rodeo arenas, barns with classroom space, breeding facilities and pasture and hay land. The rodeo arena is the site of an intercollegiate, student-run rodeo each September. A mult-purpose arena is utilized for livestock shows and sales, horse science coursework, an indoor riding arena and colt barn. FFA career development events take place here as well. An additional 32 acres is utilized for horticulture research and extension work, and an 8 acre site on the northwest edge of the farm is devoted to environmental science and forestry projects. These laboratory plots are used by students for research, observation and practical learning experience.

Mann Valley Farm

Located 2.5 miles northwest of River Falls at County Road MM and South Glover Road, Mann Valley Farm spans approximately 475 acres. The farm houses beef, dairy, sheep and swine operations. Facilities include beef finishing lots; swine farrowing, hoop and finishing barns; sheep barn with heated lambing rooms; and the St. Croix Valley Bull Test Station.

Rations for livestock are formulated and processed at the farm facilities. Feed processing, grain drying and storage units are located at the Mann Valley Farm. The farm's cropland produces the majority of feed required for livestock production. An interdisciplinary composting research program is housed on-site.

In addition to an indoor classroom, an outdoor pavilion is used for instruction, contests, workshops and livestock shows and sales. An agreement with Case IH provides the farm with the latest in farming technology and equipment. The Mann Valley Farm is also the site of the new state-of-the-art Dairy Learning Center.

We are sorry for any inconvenience but the fall Compost Sale is cancelled. Test results show that wet conditions have delayed the composting process this year.

Applications for student workers on the Laboratory Farms will be accepted on an ongoing basis as positions become available. Visit the ANFS Dept web page for details.

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. In spring semester 2016, we will be scheduling tours Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays.

For tour appointments, contact Laura Walsh in the CAFES Dean's Office at

Take a self-guide tour of the Mann Valley Farm and the Campus Farm. Brochures include directions to each farm as well as a close-up tour map with descriptions once you arrive.

Laboratory Farms Maps

Laboratory Farms Regional Map

UWRF Interactive Map

Farm Master Plan

Learn about the Laboratory Farm Master Plan project.

Contact Us

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Fax 715-425-3785
210 Agricultural Science
611 S. 3rd St.
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