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  • Beef Cattle Teaching & Research Center

    Dates:

    At this time, there are no open visiting hours. Please call the farm manager at 517-353-2245 to schedule a tour. Visitors must not have visited a foreign country in the 7 days prior to visiting the farm.

    Location:

    5307 Bennett Rd, Lansing, MI 48910

    Description:

    MSU's Beef Cattle Research & Teaching Center conducts basic and applied beef cattle research and teaching that benefits beef cattle producers and, ultimately, consumers in Michigan. Research projects at the Center look at the productivity of Michigan feedlots, reproductive physiology, and ruminant nutrition. Tour groups from all over the world come to observe the facilities and techniques involved in the management of a commercial size feedlot.

  • Center for Feline Health and Wellbeing

    Location:

    Room D208 Veterinary Teaching Hospital, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Center for Feline Health and Wellbeing promotes feline health and wellbeing and nurtures the relationships between cats, their owners, and their care providers. Some areas of study include idiopathic cystitis, feline cancers, pulmonary fibrosis, feline viral infections, and feline genetics. The mission of this center is four-fold:

    • To discover the causes of the life-threatening conditions that affect cats;
    • To develop new treatment and preventive strategies for them;
    • To learn more about the behavioral considerations, nutrition, exercise, care routines, relationships  with household members, and other factors that contribute to a high-quality of life for cats; and
    • To educate veterinarians and cat owners about how to apply this new knowledge.
  • Horse Management Resources

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension’s focus on horses, ponies, donkeys and mules provides educational resources and activities for both youth and adult equine owners.

  • Laboratory for Comparative Orthopaedic Research

    Location:

    G-387 Veterinary Medical Center, 736 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Laboratory for Comparative Orthopaedic Research (LCOR) is a multidisciplinary research laboratory dedicated to applied basic science research of the musculoskeletal system of humans and animals. LCOR focuses its research on sports-related injuries such as the repair and reconstruction of ligamentous and meniscal injuries of the knee. The Laboratory has investigated and developed several techniques of tissue repair and transplantation that are currently in clinical use in both animals and humans.

  • McPhail Equine Performance Center

    Location:

    D202 Veterinary Medical Center, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The McPhail Chair was created for research in all aspects of the relationship between veterinary medicine and dressage performance, with special emphasis on prevention and treatment of lameness problems. The goal of the chair is to perform scientific investigations which directly benefit the sport of dressage. The Center holds links to the current research work being done at the McPhail Lab. These links include research projects such as joint movements and powers in normal gait; kinematic and kinetic evaluation of dressage gaits; rider effects; center of mass; and lameness evaluation.

  • Molecular Respiratory and Equine Genetics Laboratory

    Location:

    242 National Food Safety and Toxicology Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Molecular Respiratory and Equine Genetics Laboratory researches the molecular mechanisms of inherited diseases in the horse and the genetic predisposition to respiratory tract diseases in all species. A current project focuses on the genetic mechanisms that predispose to asthma, a potentially fatal respiratory disease affecting humans and cats.

  • MSU AgBioResearch

    Location:

    Campus Address: Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture, Room 109, 446 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    The mission of MSU AgBioResearch is to engage in innovative, leading-edge research that combines scientific expertise with practical experience to generate economic prosperity, sustain natural resources and enhance the quality of life in Michigan, the nation and the world. MSU AgBioResearch encompasses the work of more than 300 scientists in seven colleges at MSU: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Letters, Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Natural Science, Social Science and Veterinary Medicine.

    These researchers, in on-campus laboratories and at 13 outlying research centers across the state, investigate topics that range from agricultural production, alternative energy and biofuel production, food safety and environmental stewardship to childhood obesity, community development, and the quality of life of Michigan youth and families. Michigan citizens reap the benefits of this work in the form of new or improved foods and plants, new production methods and enriched lifestyles.

  • MSU Training Center for Dairy Professionals

    Location:

    Green Meadow Farms, 6400 Hollister Rd, Elsie, MI, 48831.

    Description:

    The MSU Training Center for Dairy Professionals provides specialized training, facilities, and demonstration materials for veterinary students, veterinarians, and other professionals working in the dairy industry, as well as an infrastructure for clinical research in the health management of dairy cows. The Center, located at Green Meadow Farms in Elsie, Michigan, makes use of the Farm's large dairy herd, modern facilities, and progressive management techniques, as well as the College's faculty and facilities to provide a cutting-edge, mutidisciplinary approach to dairy management.

  • Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management

    Description:

    The Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management's novel approach to promoting cooperation among its partners, facilitating cutting-edge natural resource research, and applying results to resource management is reflected in its objectives, which include to:

    • Augment regional capability for ecosystem-level applied research;
    • Provide outreach services to management agencies; and
    • Serve as a liaison between management agencies to facilitate cooperative research on high priority problems.

    PERM faculty members bring a common ecosystem perspective and emphasis on state-of-the-art qualitative and quantitative approaches to meet the needs of partner agencies.  In addition to addressing research needs of the partner organizations, PERM faculty provide significant technical and outreach expertise that serve agency information and technology transfer needs as well building capacity to make sustainable decisions about Michigan’s ecosystems.

  • Pork Team Resources and Services: MSU Extension

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension serves the pork industry by providing decisionmakers with unbiased, research-based information about all aspects of pork production. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, MSUE works to enhance the production of safe, nutritious, high-quality pork in an environmentally, economically sustainable and socially responsible manner.

    MSU Extension provides education for all aspects of swine production, including intensively managed commercial operations, niche pork farms, sport farms, and youth show pig producers.

  • Poultry Team Resources and Services: MSU Extension

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension’s focus on poultry production brings together cross-discipline educators and researchers who work with both commercial poultry producers, small flock owners, and youth.

  • Quantitative Fisheries Center

    Location:

    Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture Building, Room 101, 375 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Quantitative Fisheries Center provides a research, outreach/service, and teaching program in quantitative fisheries management and risk assessment. The Center offers online courses, workshops, and short courses. The objectives of the Center are to:

    • Build greater capacity within fishery management agencies in quantitative methods;
    • Improve quantitative methods for assessing fish stocks;
    • Assist agencies in the use of model-based approaches to decision making; and
    • Develop a better understanding of fish community and population dynamics.
  • Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center

    Location:

    E3774 University Drive, P.O. Box 168, Chatham, MI, 49816.

    Description:

    The Upper Peninsula Research Center is the hub of beef cattle research for northern Michigan. Applied research on alternative beef cattle management practices are conducted in the unique environment of the Upper Peninsula. Low-stress weaning methods, extended grazing season options, control of infectious disease, and traceability are being studied to reduce input costs or produce greater value for beef producers. Complementary agronomic studies at the 1,262-acre site focus on forages, corn, small grains and oilseed crops for alternative energy. The center also coordinates numerous field trials of biomass grasses, potato varieties and corn varieties throughout the Upper Peninsula region.

  • W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Tours, Events, and Resources (Hickory Corners, MI)

    Location:

    3700 East Gull Lake Dr, Hickory Corners, MI, 49060.

    Description:

    MSU's Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) is one of North America's premier inland field stations. Located between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, KBS is known for its contributions to ecological science and evolutionary biology. KBS's mission is to develop programs in research, education, and extension directed toward a comprehensive understanding of natural and managed ecosystems and the conservation of natural resources. KBS is a field site for ecological research not only because of its excellent facilities but also because of the exceptional diversity of field research sites that are readily accessible from the station. Much of the habitat and species diversity that characterize the upper Midwest can be found in the local area. KBS provides educational tours of the Manor House, Bird Sanctuary and Kellogg Farm, as well as many events and workshops for K-12 educators, students, and the general public.

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