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WI Dairy News: UW dairy barn remodel

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MADISON (WKOW) -- It's been a fifteen year process, but the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Madison's UW campus is finally completing improvements on its on-campus dairy facilities.

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 and Life Sciences pretty thrilled.

"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," says Cassie Mayer, junior at UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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.

"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," says Kent Weigel, professor in the Department of Dairy Science at UW-Madison.

Students are also noticing the improvements. Educators who work in the new facilities are proud of the commitment to re-invest in the state's $26.5 billion dairy industry.

The grand opening for the new and improved facilities is slated for March 9.

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