A ground breaking ceremony Aug. 1 kicked off construction of the new $5.1 million dairy facility at the Arlington Research Station. State funding for the new barn was derived from 2001-2003 budget allocations with significant private support. When completed in late December, the building will hold 500 cows and support the enhanced research and instruction efforts in dairy and related technologies.
Included in the ground breaking are from left to right: John Pagel, Dairy Business Contractors, Green Bay, Godwin Amegashie, Division of State Facilities, Larry Earll, Division of State Facilities, Alan Fish, UW Assoc.Vice Chancellor, Rod Nilsestuen, WDATCP, Molly Jahn, Dean, UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Adel “Tab” Tabrizi, Division of State Facilities, Laurie Fisher, Dairy Business Contractors and Ex. Dir. Wisconsin Dairy Business Association, Rep. Gene Hahn, 47th assembly district, Dick Straub, Agricultural Programs and Research, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Lou Armentano, Dairy Scientist, UW CALS, Dave Zellner, Bayland Builders, Green Bay.
The new barn is going to be equipped with the technology to support a broad array of basic investigations and applied research studies on the issues that matter most to our dairy operations such as reproduction, genetic improvement, nutrition, milk quality, animal well being and environmental impact.