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TAU Contact Information

Dr. Barrett Slenning
TAU Educational Coordinator
Phone: 919-513-6324
Diane Ferello
TAU Livestock and Poultry Director
Phone: 919-513-6241

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TAU Personnel and Primary Species Focus

  • Diane Ferello- Director, TAU Livestock and Poultry
  • Amber Butler- Equine Unit
  • Jennifer Champion- Small Ruminant Unit
  • Crystal Davenport- Poultry Unit
  • Pete Fricke- Dairy Unit
  • James Lucas- Swine Unit

Dairy Unit Contact

Pete Fricke
TAU Dairy Farm Manager

Teaching Animal Unit

Dairy Unit

dairy unit

The TAU Dairy Unit consist of 14-18 milking cows, 6-8 replacement heifers and 6-8 finisher steers. As the dairy cows calf, the calves are placed in hutches and are hand milk fed. After 2 months, the hutch calves are weaned off of milk and put into a pasture to grow either as a replacement heifer or a finisher steer. The TAU Dairy cows are milked twice a day, being milked approximately 12 hours apart. The milk is picked up thru the university system which is then taken to the plant to be processed and put on the shelves.The veterinary students learn various; techniques while studying here at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Some techniques that are taught are: handling and restraint, casting, blood collection, injection sites, body condition scoring, foot trims, breeding, dystocias and others.

milking parlor
TAU Milking Parlor

hutch calf
Hutch Calf