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The Berry College Dairy is a place where both the faculty and students are able to learn from one another through the care and management of the Jersey herd. Through these practices the dairy is able to produce quality beef and milk. As a part of the Work Study Program, students are given the opportunity to put money towards their tuition, while benefiting from the hands on experience. A large majority of the student workers at the dairy are animal science majors because this type of work allows them to gain practical animal experience that is invaluable whether they apply to vet school, or choose another path in the animal science field.The students hold an immense amount of responsibility at the dairy. Students milk an average of thirty nine cows, and care for all the replacement heifers as well as calves. The Berry College Dairy currently has a registered Jersey herd. In the spring of 2010, thirty heads were being milked resulting in an average of fifteen hundred pounds of milk, 4.7 percent butterfat, and 3 percent protein. The dairy currently owns five cows that scored excellent in their classification. Several of these cows are from Berry Mindi and Sapphire families. At the dairy, lactating cows are in free standing stalls and in the pasture. To help keep the cows cool during the the hotter months of the year, the staff puts in fans and misters resulting in strong and healthy cows. Every morning the cows are fed a total mixed ration (TMR) which is composed of alfalfa hay, dairy pellets, and water. There are also additives added so the feed remains fresh and to ensure that the rumen stays balanced.

The Inception of the Berry College Dairy

Martha Berry once said, "The greatest influence in my life was having a father who praised and encouraged me whenever I did anything well and who taught me to love animals, birds, flowers, and take care of every living thing" (Dickey and Mathis 7). This quote displays her love of animals, especially as she adored her pony named Roany. Because of her passion towards animals, Martha Berry decided to start a small dairy in hopes it would suceed at the school. The first dairy was created in 1906 and is now called the Rollins Ruminant Research Center. Mrs. Carlisle and her sister generously provided many contributions for the creation of the dairy barn, and Mrs. Seeley started with the Jersey breed, dairy cattle. The very first dairy was a small log building west of Faith Cottage. It started out with three or four cows which enabled the girls to practice milking and become comfortable with handling the cattle. Over the years many people have contributed to the dairy by adding heads to the herd and giving financial support for the facility and equipment. There have been a couple of dairies throughout the years since Berry College was founded and most of the older dairies have been torn down or renovated for another use.

Emery Barn

Emery Barn was named for the late Thomas Emery who donated money to the dairy in 1915 and 1916. The lower barn was used to keep mules and certain show cattle separate from the rest of the cattle and other animals, and the upper barn was used as a feed mill to produce feed for the livestock on campus. In 1945, the president of Berry College, William J. Baird, ordered the barn to be painted red; it has remained this color ever since. Emery barn is now used for storing equipment needed by the animal science and horticulture departments.

Normandy Buildings

The Normandy buildings, built in the 1930s, are located on mountain campus. When the Normandy buildings were finished, the old dairy complex was torn down in 1937 and is now the current site of faculty row. In 1935 the Berry College Newspaper printed an article that stated the Normandy buildings, “will be one of the most modern in the country" ("New Dairy Soon Ready" 4).

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Rollins Center
The building also had equipment that was able to produce cheese and ice cream. In 2001, the dairy was relocated from the Normandy building to the Rollins Center. With this relocation, the historical Normandy buildings, which were mostly unused, were renovated and turned into the WinShape Retreat Center that same year.


Rollins Center

The Rollins Center, originally called Rollins Ruminant Research Center, was completed in 1974. It was the headquarters for beef-cattle operations on campus. When the Rollins Center was renovated in 2001, it became the headquarters for all the sheep, dairy, and beef cattle operations. The renovations included a computerized dairy which helped the research in the dairy field of study. The Rollins Center includes the milking parlor, the barn for the jersey cows, two calf barns, a sheep and goat area, and many pastures for the Angus cattle and other Jersey cows.

Conclusion and Extra Information

The Berry College Dairy is currently located at the Rollins Center, although the Angus bulls and some other Angus cattle are located across the road from the Berry campus. All work at the dairy is performed by student workers, under the guidance of supervisors who ensure that everything is done correctly. The barn for the horses and their equipment is at the Gunby Center. Most people are unaware that the Rollins center was a test site for water buffalo. The Rollins Center is the only dairy left on Berry's campus because all of the others have been torn down or renovated to serve different purposes.

Work Cited

"Berry College - School of Mathematical & Natural Sciences." Berry College - School of Mathematical & Natural Sciences. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2012.

Cook, S.H. Half a Century at Berry. Mount Berry, Georgia: Berry College, 1961. 22,30. Print.

Dickey, Ouida, and Doyle Mathis. Berry College A History. Athens, Georgia: The University of Georgia Press, 2005. 7. Print.

Dickey, Ouida. Berry Trails. 3rd . Mount Berry, Georgia: Berry College, 2001. 24,27,50. Print.

"New Dairy Soon Ready." Mount Berry News 05 010 1935, page 4. Print.

Students of Berry Schools. "The Glenwood Dairy." Berry School News [Mount Berry, Georgia] 13 01 1920, n. pag. Print.