Southwest Regional Dairy Center, Tarleton University

The project encompassed a 30 acre site and 125,000 square feet under roof, including a freestall barn, milking barn, heifer barn, sick cow barn, research labs, classrooms, faculty offices, and hay and bin feed storage. The structures are metal with a traditional agricultural look. At the center of the project were the milking parlors – the systems by which 24 cattle at a time are moved in, milked, and moved out. Only three companies manufacture the parlors, and the equipment chosen was from Australia. The facilities were master planned around the parlors to accommodate 600 cows, in addition to 24,000 square feet of added classroom and lab space.