University of Vermont

Department of Animal Science (ASCI)

Paul Miller Research

UVM Paul R. Miller Research and Educational Center (MREC)

Mission Statement:

The mission of the UVM Paul R. Miller Research and Educational Center is to provide excellence and cost effective facilities for agricultural research, education, and to play a key role in the development and promotion of agriculture in Vermont and New England. The MREC activities emphasize dairy research, equine sciences, mammary biology, milk quality, biosecurity and safety.

The ELLEN A. HARDACRE Equine Center is located on the northern edge of the complex. This is a student cooperative barn which contains 22 stalls, a tack room, horse shower and an inside riding arena. There is a state of the art 220 x 110 foot outside area, as well as a riding trail accessible from the complex, which compliment the facility. The facility is run as a student cooperative -- students are able to bring their horses to UVM while the are enrolled and enjoy the pursuit of their equine interests with their own animals.

The CREAM Program (Cooperative for Real Education in Agriculture Management) is a two semester hands-on experience for students learning to manage an actual dairy herd. It's a chance for pre-vet and other students with dairy interests to learn all aspects of bovine care, milking, care for young calves as well as business decisions associated with a real farm operation. All chores are performed by students seven days a week.

Interesting Facts:
  • Vermont has over 1,000 dairy operations, milking over 130,000 cows
  • Vermont dairy cows produce a total of over 2.5 billion pounds of milk a year
  • Vermont is also home to 20 farms which milk goats and 4 farms which milk sheep
  • Per capita, Vermont has more horses than Kentucky
Address:      500 Spear Street
                    So. Burlington, VT.  05403

Telephone:    802-862-2151

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