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Students Help Build Dairy Show Barn

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—Dairy students at Morrisville State College will soon have a new space for conducting dairy judging activities.

Finishing touches are being placed on a dairy show barn at the college’s high-tech dairy complex located on Eaton Street.

The barn will contain an arena for dairy cow judging and other dairy events the college plans to host.

Future plans include adding on to the barn, creating additional space as a prep area for the college’s annual Autumn Review Sale in which registered Holstein cattle are sold on consignment.

The 36’ x 48’ x 12’ wooden show barn was built with assistance from Morrisville State College agricultural engineering students who framed the structure as a laboratory project for an Agricultural Buildings Systems course taught by Paul Crovella, associate professor of agricultural engineering technology.

Students placed the concrete foundation, set the posts, installed the wall girts and girders, set the trusses, installed the roof purlins on the trusses and installed the metal siding. Much of their work was planned on laptop computers.

The college maintains a herd of 405 dairy cows; 242 are milking cows, and the other 163 are calves ranging in age from newborn to bred heifers that have not calved or milked yet and are under 24 months old.

Morrisville’s high-tech dairy complex includes a freestall barn with an electronically enhanced milking parlor and classrooms connected to dairy cattle management software, two technologically advanced freestall heifer barns, a calf barn and the new show barn.

The dairy complex was recently named a Dairy of Distinction by the Northeast Dairy Farm Beautification Program (NEDFBP) based on its attractive farmsteads and overall farm operation, and it also received a Milk Quality Award from Dairylea Cooperative, Inc.

The college currently has two dairy programs, an associate degree in animal science - dairy and a bachelor degree in dairy management. Both programs are ThinkPad curriculums where the use of laptop computers is integrated into students’ learning.

Morrisville State College offers 12 bachelor degrees and a wide variety of associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.