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Cattle Complex

The Macdonald Campus Dairy Unit is unique among Canadian University Agricultural Research and Teaching Facilities. Students are privileged to have this facility within easy walking distance of the main teaching and residence facilities.

The Dairy Unit has long served multi functional role within the University of research, education and milk production. It is an attractive front door to the main campus.

Field Unit

The Field Unit of the Macdonald Campus Farm consists of 205 hectares of farmland that is currently devoted to the production of forages and corn for the Cattle Complex and for cash sales. A small area is also reserved as a permanent pasture for the cattle.

Visit the Farm


The Farm is now open for educational tours for groups or the public.

Walk through the historic stone barn and see the farm animals up close. Then visit our display of antique agricultural equipment.

Stroll through the Dairy Barn and meet the Mac herd! Learn about milk production, from the milking of the cow to your glass.

Donald McQueen Shaver Poultry Complex

This structure is the third and last phase of the R. Howard Webster Centre, the Donald McQueen Shaver Poultry Complex which was inaugurated on May 26th 2005. A Canada foundation for Innovation (CFI) has been awarded to support this unit; this is a joint venture with McGill University and l’Université de Montréal.

For more information on the Donald McQueen Poultry Complex, contact robert [dot] mcewen [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Robert McEwen) (514-398-7656)

Swine Complex

The Macdonald Campus Swine Complex is part of the R. Howard Webster Centre for Teaching and Research in Animal and poultry Science. The Centre opened in November 1993. This Complex was built to replace the original unit that was destroyed by fire in 1991.

R. Howard Webster Centre

We are grateful to the R.Howard Webster Foundation for their generous contribution to our Teaching and Research Facilities at the Macdonald Campus Farm.


Cattle Complex (inaugurated July 1985)

Business Operations

This unit has the responsibility for co-ordination of the economic functions of the Dairy, Swine, Poultry and Field Units. The Business Operations Office coordinates all administrative activities such has payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, budget forecasts, financial control, staffing, classroom bookings and labs for all areas of the farm.