Fort Hays State University > About FHSU > Academic Divisions > College of Health and Life Sciences > Department of Agriculture > University Farm > Dairy Unit
The Dairy unit was begun in 1914 when a herd of Ayrshire cows belonging to a nearby farmer were used to teach practical aspects of dairy and creamery practice. During World War I, the college began buying its own high-grade Holstein cows and the herd was built. The dairy barn originally sat where Wiest Hall now is and was moved to its present location in 1954. Today, student employees at the dairy do the milking, provide animal care and nutrition and have the opportunity to learn artificial breeding methods, under the guidance of the dairy manager and assistant manager. Fun Fact: In the early 1980s, the FHSU Dairy herd included Super Cows. That distinction was awarded to about one in 615 cows tested that were superior in milk production and in reproductive efficiency.