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Horses at the Hadley Equine and Livestock Research and Education Center

Hadley Equine and Livestock Research and Education Center

History

One of the finest equine/livestock facilities in the country, the Hadley Farm is a 130-acre animal science complex for the University’s College of Natural Sciences. The farm’s legacy dates back to the mid-1980s, with the development of the Young Meadow Farm. Intended to serve as a premier horse and racing facility, financial constraints and lack of sewer access resulted in the sale of the property to the University of Massachusetts Foundation in 1992. Since acquisition, the faculty and staff of Hadley Farm have striven to educate students in equine and livestock best practices.

Current

Hadley houses approximately 24 horses, 60 small ruminants (sheep/goats), and is also home to the UMass Mounted Police and Equestrian Team. Additionally, the farm serves as a host for a number of equestrian shows and farm related events – most notably the Bay State Livestock Classic held by the University every spring since 1935. The Hadley Farm offers students the ability to acquire true hands on animal management experience – a benefit not found at many other universities in the region.


Animal Management Classes offered through the Veterinary & Animal Sciences Department:

Boer Goat Management

The Boer Goat Management course is an experiential learning opportunity within the Veterinary & Animal Science Department.

Dorset Sheep Management

The Dorset Sheep Management course provides students with the oppportunity to perform all the management activities that are required for the care of the UMass flock.

Equine Production Lab

Equine reproduction/Horse breeding course  provides students with an understanding of and hands on opportunities in equine reproduction

Poultry Management

The Poultry Management course is an experiential learning opportunity within the Veterinary & Animal Sciences Department.