Visit the Farm


As part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the SRTC is intended to be an educational resource for students, the community, the state and the world. Tours of the UW-SRTC are available through prior appointment only. Please allow at least a week for arrangements to be made. Contact Jamie Reichert at jreichert@wisc.edu for more information.

All farm visitors must comply with the SRTC’s Animal Health and Biosecurity Policy below.

Animal Health and Biosecurity
Access to the facility is strictly controlled to limit risks of introducing diseases to the herd.  Animals can only enter the center if derived by cesarean section.  Pigs that leave the building cannot return.  Workers, students and visitors must shower before entering the animal and support areas.  These measures allow the facility to operate as a specific pathogen free facility to prevent specific diseases and parasites from entering the herd.  Animals are provided for research and teaching without the complicating presence of diseases. The specific diseases and parasites that this policy is designed to prevent include atrophic rhinitis (AR or PAR), Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae (M-Hyo) infection, Swine dysentery (SD), lice, mange, and internal parasites. This SPF facility has been able to maintain a Naïve herd (no antibodies) for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus, Transmissible Gastroenteritis (TGE), Brucellosis, and Pseudorabies (PRV).

                                                                          
Negative or Few Titers
  • PPV *
  • Lepto *
  • APP
  • M hyo
  • SIV1
  • SIV2
  • Hps
Naive
  • PRRS
  • TGE
  • Brucellosis
  • PRV
                                                                                                    

* serology will show titers from vaccinated animals in the breeding stock