Staff

Amelia Fendley Carter graduated inb 2014 with a Bachalor's of Science in Agriculture Science from Austin Peay State University. Amelia has been working as the Senior Lab Technician at UK for 2 years

Joey Clark was raised on a small family farm, along with 12 siblings. He graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Animal Science with a focus in Dairy Science in 1994 from University of Kentucky. He worked as the Dairy Manager at Western Kentucky University for 5 years abd received his Master's of Science while there. He worked as the Dairy Assistnat Manager at University of Georiga for 5 years before returning to UK to be Dairy Manager in 2003. 

 

Matt Collins grew up on a beef and tobacco farm, and has worked as the Assistant Farm Manager at UK for a year. Matt graduated in 2009 from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor's of Science in Agriculture Science with a minor in Agriculture Business. Matt worked for 6 years in eastern Kentucky as a Dairy Technician before joining the team at UK. 

Brittany Core grew up on a Jersey dairy farm in Salvisa, Kentucky. She graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor's of Science in Agricultural Education from University of Kentucky. Brittany serves as Research Coordinator. 

Chris French was raised on a dairy farm and has been the Research Farm Technician at UK for 22 years.

Paden Tacket has been the Research Farm Technician for 5 years at UK. Paden graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor's of Science from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Agriculture Business. Paden also owns a beef farm.

 

 

Facilities

Milking Parlor/Holding Pen

Built in the early 1960’s, the Coldstream Dairy milking facility milks 8 cows in a 2x2 bypass parlor system (two seperate pits). Cows are milked twice daily at 4:00 and 15:30. The facility is equipped with Milkline P4C electronic meters and identification system that collects milk production data on each cow daily. Cows are kept in the holding facility prior to being milked. 

 

Management Facilities

The main management building houses much of the technology and information database that is used to analyze samples on farm and record cow data. The management building also includes an office, teaching facilities, and laboratory space.  

 

Young stock/Non-lactating cows

At Coldstream Dairy Research Farm, calves are housed in a hoop structure. Calves are kept there until weaning, when they are moved to another loose housing barn. Calves are fed using an automatic calf feeder. Older heifers and dry cows are housed on pasture and in loose housing barns. 

 

 

Compost Bedded Pack Barn

Completed in 2016, the compost bedded pack barn is a naturally ventilated, loose housing barn (152’ long x 140’ wide), designed to house 124 cows. The barn is separated into two sides with a drive through feed driveway. Two 14’ feed alleys are covered with rubber flooring.  Feed aprons are covered with an epoxy coating.  Each side is divided into three pens for a total of six pens.  Each pen includes one 9’7”, 59-gallon J&D Manufacturing waterers.  The north and south sides of the barn include two lactating cow pens each designed to house 24 cows each.  These four pens each have twenty-four 24” self-locking headlocks.  Each of these pens is 30 ’ by 45’ providing 112.5 square feet of resting space per cow.  A FutureCow Comfort Brush is placed along the feed alley of each of these pens.  The northeast pen is designed to house 12 close-up cows with 99 square feet of resting space per cow and twelve 28.8” self-locking headlocks.  A Schurr 2-Brush System is placed along the feed alley of the close-up pen.  The southeast pen is designed to house 16 lactating cows with 87 square feet of resting space per cow. This pen is equipped with 8 Insentec RIC feed units for multiple ration testing and feed intake monitoring capabilities.  A Schurr 2-Brush System is placed along the feed alley of this research pen.  The compost bedded pack barn is aerated twice per day using a LVI Dairy Bedded Pack Compost roto tiller.  Feed alleys are scraped twice a day with a rubber tire tractor scraper. The resting areas are equipped with six high-volume, low-speed Big Ass Fans. Big Ass Fans yellow jacket fans are placed over the feedbunk along with a sprinkler system. The north and south sides of the barn are equipped with curtains.  An Autovent system is used to control fans, sprinklers, and curtains.

Tie-stall Barn

The University of Kentucky Coldstream Dairy is equipped with a tie stall barn for research relating to feeding and class demonstrations. The tie stall research barn consists of 16 tie stalls measuring 125 cm x 170 cm with Advanced Comfort Technology Inc. dual chambered waterbeds as a freestall base. Two inches of kiln- dried sawdust bedding is added to the stalls twice per day when the tie stalls are in use. One poly water bowl equipped with a range water meter (Recordall Badger Meter), is provided for each cow when research is being conducted in this facility.

 

Freestall Barn

The DCCW freestall barn included 54 stalls with DCCW as the stall base and the MAT freestall barn included 54 stalls with MAT as the stall base.  Access to 4 freestalls in each barn was restricted as their widths were too narrow for cows, leaving cows with access to 50 stalls in each freestall barn. In both freestall barns, the brisket locator is a 7.62 cm schedule 40 polyvinyl chloride pipe.  Stall dimensions were planned according to the MidWest Plan Service (MWPS, 2000) for cows over 680 kg (1,500 lb).  The stall length from brisket locator to curb side of the alley is 1.8 m.  The neck rail height from bottom of the rail to top of the stall base is 1.2 m.  Mean stall width is 1.2 m.  Each DCCW is filled with 49 L of water, with the water flowing between 2 chambers (front and back).  The MAT is filled with equally sized rubber crumbs and is 2.54 cm thick.  The MAT cells are covered with a CS wax coated single top covering for every row of stalls.  Each barn area is equipped with 2 automatic waterers in the concrete lot adjacent to the barns. The DCCW freestall barn area contains a galvanized water tank holding 390 L and a metal water dump tank holding 284 L.  The MAT freestall barn area contains a Rubbermaid® (Winchester, VA) water tank holding 568 L and a metal water dump tank holding 284 L.  Cows shared a raised feed bunk, 27.4 m long, 1.37 m wide, 0.30 m deep, and 0.79 m high, available to both groups of cows from opposite sides of the bunk. Each feeding area has three 3 × 6 m and four 3 × 7 m shade cloths, which block 80% of the sun, attached to the top of the feed bunk.  Automated sprinklers (built by University of Kentucky engineers) are located below the shade cloths on the entire bunk length.  The sprinklers spray water covering an area of 2 m and are manually turned on around 21 ºC.  Eight 1.22-m 6-blade box fans (Schaeffer, Sauk Rapids, MN) and four 0.91-m 3-blade round fans (Schaeffer, Sauk Rapids, MN) hang above the stalls in both freestall barns and are manually turned on around 18 ºC.