The Glenlea Research Station is located on Highway 75, approximately 20 km south of the University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus. Glenlea was officially opened in June 1966 by then-premier Duff Roblin. The area consists of nine river lots which, when purchased in 1962, had comprised three separate farms. The station is operated by the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences with financial support from Manitoba Agriculture and the University of Manitoba.
The station provides the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences with facilities and services necessary for its teaching,research and outreach programs and is the site for major infrastructure associated with the National Center for Livestock and the Environment (NCLE), and the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre. There are approximately 500 hectares of land partitioned into three main areas by Highway 75 and the railway line. East of Highway 75 are the livestock facilities, dairy pastures and plot areas for Plant Science, Soil Science and Entomology. West of Highway 75 is an area of approximately 400 hectares which is divided into 14 fields, including plot lands for the Long Term Manure & Crop Management Field Laboratory, the Trace Gas Manitoba (TGAS MAN) Greenhouse Gas Field Emission Site and the Glenlea Long Term Crop Rotation Study.
The Red River forms the eastern boundary of the research station. The building area site adjacent to the river is protected by a dike, now approximately two meters higher than the 1997 flood levels.
The main livestock barns utilized by the Department of Animal Science are located on the station and include a 60-cow dairy unit, a swine unit comprised of a130-sow farrow-to-finish swine barn, and a beef feedlot. Also located on the station are a feed processing facility, an office building, machine shop, equipment and grain storage facilities, and housing for some of the on-site emergency response staff. An off-site research barn is located on the west side of Highway 75. Bioproducts processing and manure composting facilities funded by Western Economic Diversification industry enable investigations of methods to effectively use livestock manure.
In addition to research facilities, the station has a teaching role for undergraduate degree and diploma students and outreach function to rural and urban communities.