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The Berry College Dairy: History

HistoryThe Berry College dairy was established shortly after Berry College was founded. Built and operated by a student staff, it began milking over 200 head of registered Jerseys. The Dairy was housed at the Normandy complex on mountain campus until 2002, when it was moved to The Rollins Research Center on main campus. The Normandy complex housed a basic parlor to milk the cows, a hospital area, free stalls, pasture, feed bunks, calf barn and a few other amenities. Over the years, The Berry College Dairy has built a reputation for having excellent Jerseys. The Normandy facilities switched over their parlor to a 6 double herringbone. At this time the herd had dropped from 200 head to around 100. It was still run and operated by students. In 2001, Berry College dispersed most of its herd, keeping only a minimal number of calves, heifers & cows. In 2002 the Rollins Center Dairy was completed and the remaining cows moved to the new facility. The Berry College Dairy maintains a state-of-the-art four-stall herringbone parlor, and milks twice daily. The herd while small, still stands on the original historical value that Berry built many years ago. Today, Berry continues to maintain outstanding cattle within their herd while teaching students all aspects of dairy operation.

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