College of Ag breaks ground for Wellsville experiment
By Landon Bench
October 2, 2006 | WELLSVILLE -- Utah State's College
of Agriculture held a groundbreaking celebration in
Wellsville Friday in honor of its new agricultural complex.
The new complex, which cost just under $10 million
obtained by two federal grants, will be an experiment
station for things like sheep production, beef cattle
production, and the genetic studying of sheep. There
will be more animals, more hay, and more equipment in
the new complex, and all the livestock in the new location
is in close proximity to the dairy. Accelerated lambing
and out-of-season breeding will also be performed. Generally,
sheep will only produce in fall, so that the baby lambs
will be born in the spring, when there is a warmer climate
and more food.
Noelle E. Cockett, dean of the College of Agriculture,
says that with this new facility and more intense environment,
year-round maintenance of the lambs is possible.
For those students that don't live in Wellsville,
Cockett said, "There is a commitment from the administration
for a shuttle system." She added that they wouldn't
be needed until next fall or maybe even the spring semester
of 2008, when classes will be ready.
Cockett said she was very appreciative of the great
help from legislators to fund the complex. Not only
did they provide financial means, she said, but they
also helped with design, construction, and research.
She also expressed her gratitude for all the community
support, both from citizens of Wellsville and the university
for their appreciation for a great recognition for agriculture.