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Bites and bytes on Reno's research farm.

Computers record every bite calves take at the Animal Research Station in Reno; it's part of the experimental technology used to study new feed and production methods for cattle and sheep ranches. A branch of the University of Nevada at Reno, the station is open year-round for tours, and besides its serious research purposes, it's also a rewarding place to take children who've never been on a farm.

In fall, the 200 Hereford calves here will be seven months old and ready to be weaned; morning feeding time sounds something like an unhappy bleacher crowd at a Giants baseball game. At 4 each day, you can watch the milking--80 Holsteins attached to octopus-armed machines. Students will be attending to a small herd of wiry, black-headed Suffolk sheep, grooming some for competition.

Tours led by university students are offered daily year-round from 8 to 4:30. You can also walk through on your own, but if you want to be sure a guide will be on hand, call (702) 784-4910.

The station is at 5895 Kimlick Lane; from Interstate 80, take McCarran Boulevard south 2 miles. At Kimlick Lane, head east, following signs to the station.
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Date:Nov 1, 1984
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