BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10) - Virginia Tech will celebrate the opening of it's new Dairy Science Complex Friday.
The $14 million facility contains an almost 12,000 square-foot milking parlor and a 46,000 square-foot free-stall barn. The barn will house more than 200 milking cows.
The facility is equipped with the latest technology needed for dairy research.
Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Ed Jones, says the new facility will expand the university's ability to perform cutting edge research.
Students and faculty will use the new space to research new milking techniques, milk quality, and the reproductive system of cattle.
Jones is hopeful the research performed at the complex will help the dairy industry grow in Virginia.
A ribbon cutting will take place at 11:45 a.m. Friday. Public tours of the facility will follow.