Supervisory responsibility for the care of the agricultural animals on the G.H. Cook Campus is assigned to 'working' supervisors reporting to the Farm Manager (Clint Burgher, M.S.) for the agricultural animals. Responsibility for the laboratory animals is assigned to Comparative Medicine Resources. Click here for contact information for each unit.
The main administrative office for the Animal Care Program is located at:
Bartlett Hall, Room 103
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
84 Lipman Dr.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8525
Clint Burgher (Farm Manager) has an office in this space along with a central bookkeeping and recording keeping area managed by the Department of Animal Sciences business office.
Joanne Powell, M.S., LAT, who has one full-time, salaried research animal workers and student help as needed, supervises the equine and cattle unit.
There are currently 3 barns located within 1 mile of each other housing horses on the G.H. Cook campus. Each has a varying number of stalls and outside pastures with run-in sheds for shelter.
There are approximately 75 Holstein dairy replacement heifers housed on campus as part of a commingle herd with the University of Delaware. The dairy replacement heifers vary in age from 4 months through 22 months. The heifers are bred by artificial insemination at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and transported to the University of Delaware approximately two months prior to calving or 23 months of age.
Laura Comerford, A.S., LAT, supervises the care of pigs, sheep and goats with two full-time, salaried research animal workers and hourly paid student help. The unit includes small-scale breed programs for all three species (~30 breeding sows, 20 breeding ewes, and 15 breeding goats). Total animals in category with young or under research or teaching protocols equals: 75 pigs, 30 sheep, and 125 goats.
The animals are housed in groups within the following buildings and facilities.
Dan Rossi supervises the operations of the farm shop with the help of two salaried research farm workers. Job tasks and responsibilities include facility maintenance, customized research equipment and facility upgrades, machine and equipment repairs, pasture, fencing maintenance and the planting and harvesting of approximately 50 acres of corn silage. Facilities included in this unit are:
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