The Department of Animal Sciences manages approximately 900 beef cows and their offspring that are involved in research in genetics associated with feed efficiency, reproduction, and nutrition. There is a GrowSafe system on site for individual feed intake. The facilities at DSAC are also used for teaching activities, including training of undergraduate summer interns and graduate students. The University of Illinois Extension also houses a Livestock Extension Educator at DSAC and conducts numerous extension programs each year. All cattle at DSAC are kept on pasture, and calving occurs in the fall. Pastures are predominantly tall fescue, with some including legumes, and a number of other warm season grasses on limited acreage.
The Dixon Springs Agricultural Center is a great place for undergraduate students to come and spend a summer working and getting hands on experience in beef production, research, and producer outreach.