South Farm Research Center

Five miles south of the MU campus, South Farm supports the research, outreach and teaching missions of animal science, plant science, veterinary science, biology, botany and other disciplines. The Center is the location of several research facilities including the Swine Research Center, the Beef Research and Teaching Center, the Turfgrass Research Center and the Equine Teaching Facility. The Center also supports research and demonstration projects in entomology, poultry and maize genetics. The Missouri Foundation Seed program uses South Farm to increase the sales of newly developed seed varieties to dealers. Easy access from campus allows South Farm to be used for hands-on teaching to more than 1,500 students annually and is the location for numerous graduate student research projects. The Center hosts a Showcase each fall to share its projects with the general public; it has become a popular family event, with attendance in the thousands.

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Good Horses Looking for Good Homes

One of the horses up for auction, Fran, is a yearling filly who is double registered in both the AQHA and APHA. She is enrolled in the APHA Breeder's Trust and is eligible for the AQHA Incentive…

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Fun on the Farm

The annual South Farm Showcase has grown to one of the largest agriculture-related events in Central Missouri. Each year, thousands tour the center. September brings the beginning of fall, football,…

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Two Ways to Learn

Kelsey Kelly, animal sciences senior, cleans the hooves of Val, a female quarter horse. When the students head out to pasture to feed the horses, they also take note of their health and report any…

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Who’ll Report the Rain?

Nancy Bishop, senior research/lab technician, checks rain and other weather gauges at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center in New Franklin. Each day Nancy uploads the recorded data to…

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Virtual Tour of South Farm Research Center