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Ruminants, Horses, Poultry, and Pigs

April 14, 2023
Multispecies Animal Learning Center (MALC)

Ruminants, Horses, Poultry, and Pigs – Oh My! How a new Multispecies Animal Learning Center (MALC) will expand the visibility of food production animals and advance animal agriculture. 

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) is excited about the design of a new state-of-the-art Multispecies Animal Learning Center (MALC) planned for the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory (Waterman) on The Ohio State University Columbus Campus. CFAES’s vision for Waterman is to serve as a hub for leading innovative science and public engagement in the food, agricultural, and environmental sciences. The MALC is integral to the vision for Waterman and critical to CFAES’s work in teaching, Extension, and research. The facility will provide access to animals, educational spaces, technology, equipment, and amenities to support education for students at The Ohio State University, in grades K through 12, and across the lifespan.

The MALC aims to expand the visibility of research and educational activities to support the advancement of animal agriculture and will offer experiential learning opportunities to engage students, industry stakeholders, and the public in food production animals (beef cattle, sheep, poultry, and pigs) and horses. Classroom and learning labs, an arena, and outdoor spaces will provide areas where faculty members will train the next generation of students who represent the pipeline for agricultural careers.

CFAES is actively fundraising to move forward with the next phase of design and construction with a target opening date of 2025.

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