Orr Agricultural Research & Demonstration Center

The Orr Agricultural Research & Demonstration Center was originally established in 1978 as a 278-acre agronomy center near Perry, IL in Pike County. Of the 278 acres, 95 acres were suitable for agronomic plot work, with the remainder devoted to permanent grassland and forest. The University of Illinois acquired 191 additional acres adjacent to the original tract and has developed an Animal Sciences component, resulting in the reassignment of some acreage between the two units. Currently, the center has 120 acres of usable agronomic plot land.

The Orr Agricultural Research & Demonstration Center in western Illinois exemplifies the power of persistence. Since 1979, residents of Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Morgan, Pike, Schuyler, and Scott counties have leaned on the Orr Center’s research to inform their farming decisions. The farm includes 13 unique soil types, each relevant to the 11 counties the Orr Center serves.

The Orr Beef Research Center herd resides on a 206-acre managed-intensive grazed pasture with winter cow feeding facilities. Orr Center researchers focus on improving beef production in western Illinois through research on beef cattle nutrition, management, reproduction, genetics and grazing.

For more information visit the Illinois Extension website.

Orr Illinois Extension Website

Contact Information

Contact: Luke Merritt

Mailing address: 
Orr Agricultural Research & Demonstration Center
37804 State Highway 104
Baylis, IL 62314

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