MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - It's been a 15-year process, but the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at the UW-Madison is finally completing improvements on its on-campus dairy facilities.
In this segment of Wisconsin Dairy News see how those improvements will impact future dairy leaders.
Most remodeling and upgrading projects take a few months up to a year, so to see a project that's been in the works for fifteen years come to fruition has folks at the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences pretty thrilled!
Cassie Mayer a Junior at UW-Madison says, "I'm really excited for it, not only for the cow comfort, and more for the dairy science, but you're able to have a hands-on learning experience for not only the four-year students, but you also have the short course students who are going out into the industry in two years and they can implement all these new changes right off the bat."
At a cost of 3 million dollars, improvements to the facility include a new state-of-the-art milking parlor, larger stalls and gel mattresses for cows, along with enhanced security measures.
Professor Kent Weigel from the Department of Dairy Science at UW-Madison says, "These facilities were investments, not gifts, and so it's now our responsibility to really maximize their use for the benefits of Wisconsin farmers and to benefit the students who use this and learn at this facility."
Students are also noticing the improvements.
Taylor Fritsch, a Junior at UW-Madison says, "What better way to learn about dairy than right here in our back yard? It's a fantastic experience to be able to attend a lab right on campus and just come across the street right after being in a classroom setting or upstairs or even here in the center and come down stairs and be able to work hands-on with cows, that's an amazing opportunity for our students."
Educators who work in the new facilities are proud of the commitment to re-invest in the state's $26.5 billion dairy industry.
Professor Mike Peters, from the Department of Dairy Science at UW-Madison says, "They really understand the value of the dairy industry to the economy of Wisconsin and by making these investments we're going to continue to train the people that can really continue to make the dairy industry in Wisconsin bloom and blossom."
And that's Wisconsin Dairy News.
The grand opening for the new and improved facilities is slated for this Saturday, March 9th. To take a tour or find out more information, log on to www.cals.wisc.edu.
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