The University of Louisiana at Monroe will likely end its cattle breeding and fattening programs at the end of the calendar year following the sale of 114 cows last week.
The ULM Foundation — the university’s private, non-profit fundraising arm — is also in the process of deciding the future of the cattle programs’ home, the 505-acre Johnson Farm south of Louisiana 80 in eastern Monroe, as the farm struggles to make a profit.
The farm, which the university leased, was turned over to the foundation earlier this year at the request of the university.
“The farm was returned to the foundation because we could no longer afford to run it,” said Jeffrey Cass, the dean of ULM’s college of arts and sciences.
“The university always had to kick in more money than they were making. There was no way for it to remain profitable.”
Ella Johnson donated Johnson Farm to the ULM Foundation in 1985 with the stipulation that the property be used for the benefit of the university’s agriculture department.
Since then, the farm has functioned as a laboratory for students and made some money from three programs.
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