Wise Center

Facilities

Wise Center

The Wise Center houses the the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, and the University Television Center. Animal and Dairy Sciences occupies the fourth floor of the 360,000 square foot building.

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Bearden Dairy Research Center

The Joe Bearden Dairy Research Center supports departmental teaching and research activities along with providing the students of Animal and Dairy Sciences contact with modern techniques in Animal Agriculture as well as the opportunity for practical work experience. These experiences give the students in this curriculum insight into many technical challenges associated with the dairy industry.

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H.W. Essig Nutrition Lab in the James W. Scales Building

The H.W. Essig Nutrition Lab was named after a former professor and animal scientist in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences.


H. H. Leveck Animal Research Center

The H. H. Leveck Animal Research Center (referred to as South Farm by MSU personnel) provides a very important land resource which supports departmental teaching and various research activities associated with Animal Science curriculum. It provides the students of Animal and Dairy Sciences contact with modern techniques in animal agriculture as well as the opportunity for practical work experience. These experiments give the students insight into many technical challenges associated with the animal production industry.

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Meat Science and Muscle Biology Laboratory

With over 18,000 square feet of space, the new Meat Science and Muscle Biology Laboratory produces some of the finest beef and pork products around. The facility includes a harvest area, demonstration area and freezer space as well as classrooms and research laboratories. The Meat Science and Muscle Biology Laboratory moved into the new building in Fall 2018. The facility includes teaching, research and outreach by the Departments of Animal and Dairy Science and Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion. Want to taste our farm-raised products? They are available to the public at the MAFES Sales Store. These include rib eye steaks, ground chuck, sirloin tip roasts, and many other cuts.

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Experiment Stations

The Brown Loam Branch Station, located in Raymond, has focused research on beef cattle production, grassland management and utilization, agronomic row crop production, and conservation management. Beef cattle programs include research on cattle behavior and influences on growth performance, immunity and production efficiency; as well as animal breeding, nutrition, heifer development, A.I. synchronization, forage systems and stocker management. Beef cattle numbers peak at about 900 head, consisting of spring and fall breeding herds of 350 cows and approximately 300 stockers grazed each year.

The Prairie Research Unit, located on the Black belt Prairie soils of northeast Mississippi, is a 2400+ acre facility where research is conducted on forage-based livestock production systems. Current research efforts include market studies of how various feeder calf, beef breeding herd replacement, and market cow and bull traits affect cattle prices at public auctions. Incidence rates of Beef Quality Assurance defects in live cattle are also being quantified. Efforts are underway to determine the most profitable systems for renovating toxic endophyte-infected tall fescue pastures to non-toxic forages using annual cash crops as part of the conversion process. Research is in progress to assess the use of native warm- and cool-season grasses relative to improved warm- and cool-season grasses for drought mitigation in beef stocker production systems. The Prairie Research Unit is home to a state-of-the-art GrowSafe feeding facility which is used to monitor individual animal intake. This facility is used to conduct research on livestock feed efficiency, diet selection, and feeding behavior. The station is an active partner in Mississippi State University Extension Service outreach to the livestock and forage industries.

The White Sands Unit has 440 acres and was originally a tung research unit operated cooperatively by USDA and Mississippi state. Currently it is the main beef cattle research unit with about 150 mature cows, 11 bulls and 54 replacement heifers. The beef cattle research is based on cow-calf production, which is the most common beef cattle enterprise in south Mississippi.