The University of Tennessee has a new dairy farm in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Located in Walland, the 529-acre farm is part of the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center and technically called the Little River Animal and Environmental Unit. It’s the newest facility for the UT AgResearch system in the Institute of Agriculture. The dairy – and its herd of 200 or so Holsteins – is designed to demonstrate best livestock management practices with maximum animal comfort in mind. Other research at the dairy will include waste management, water quality and land use. The dairy replaces the UT Dairy that once operated along the Tennessee River across from the Institute of Agriculture campus in Knoxville.