The University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) is investing in the future of Wisconsin’s dairy industry by awarding six new graduate student assistantships. These assistantships will support research projects focused on four key areas:

  • Environmental Sustainability: One project will explore how to turn leftover materials from manure processing into a new revenue stream for farmers.
  • Human Health: Another project will investigate the use of a natural fungus to combat harmful bacteria in dairy products and cattle feed.
  • Animal Health and Welfare: Researchers will study how flies might spread diseases among dairy cows, and how automatic milking systems can improve cow well-being during dry-off periods.
  • Farm Business Growth: A project will examine the financial feasibility and labor implications of adopting automated milking systems for Wisconsin dairy farms.

Funded by the state of Wisconsin, the Dairy Innovation Hub initiative aims to strengthen the state’s dairy industry through scientific advancements, talent development, and collaboration between UW-Madison, UW-Platteville, and UW-River Falls. Since its launch in 2019, the Hub has funded over 200 projects across these campuses.

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