Background and History
In 1952, Foremost Dairy Research Center was built through a generous donation from J.C. Penney, including his herd of prize-winning Guernsey cows. The center was named after his famous bull, Langwater Foremost. In 1979, the Holstein herd housed nearby integrated with the Guernsey herd at Foremost.
Today, Foremost Dairy Research Center typically houses approximately 470 cattle, consisting of 430 Holstein and 40 Guernsey cows, on 1,065 acres of land.
Foremost plays an important role in the teaching and research of the University. The farm provides teaching support for undergraduate study, graduate research projects and clinical training for veterinary students.
Dairy Field Day
Held annually in June at the farm, the Dairy Reproduction Field Day is designed to highlight the advances in research studies that are being conducted as well as student dairy activities at the university to dairy industry representatives and state leaders.
Approximately 2,500 grade school students tour Foremost annually. Students partake in a walking tour of the farm, visiting the calves, hand milking a cow, and trying a cup of the famous Buck’s Tiger Stripe ice cream.
Coordinated by the MU Dairy Club and held at the dairy farm, the one-day camp is designed for grades K-5 students to learn where their food comes from. Students get hands-on experience while attending the camp, including milking a cow!