Northeast Iowa Dairy and Applied Research Laboratory
Calmar, Winneshiek County
400 acres (includes 200 leased acres)
Northeast Iowa Community-Based Dairy Foundation and Northeast Iowa Community College
The Northeast Iowa Community-Based Dairy Foundation was formed in 1999 to encourage dairy research in Northeast Iowa. The farm is milking 200 cows with plans for an additional 80-cow grazing facility.
Soils of the region consist of narrow ridges and moderate to steep sideslopes of the Fayette soil association.
Two kinds of milking parlors and four manure-handling systems are used for demonstrations. Animal-managment demonstrations also are conducted.
The facilities consist of an eight-stall herringbone parlor, an eight-stall parallel parlor, a 144-stall free stall barn and a 30-stall free stall special needs barn with three-bedded maternity pens.