The Wisconsin Pork Association has recently made a donation of $10,000 to the new University of Wisconsin-Madison Meat Science Lab. In addition, the WPA Board challenged members to make individual contributions, resulting in an additional $5,000 raised.
“The WPA Board is excited about the possibilities that the new meats’ lab will present to the livestock industry in the state of Wisconsin,” says Bill Gnatzig, WPA president. “The lab will further expand teaching and research abilities at UW-Madison, benefiting students, livestock producers and consumers. Those possibilities include a growing focus on biotechnology, animal and human medicine. Further research of these areas creates the potential to add more value to pigs raised by our Wisconsin farmers.”
“The Department of Animal Sciences faculty is excited as we move into the construction phase of the new Meat Science Building. The new building will dramatically improve our teaching, research, and outreach programs in the meat sciences and will provide a positive stimulus to other discipline groups in our department which focus on meat animal food production,” says Tom Crenshaw, Animal Science Chair, UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Science. “The new facility is the largest construction project undertaken by our department since the Animal Sciences Building was built in the early 1970s. The new Meat Science Building would not have been possible without the generous gifts, such as that provided by the Wisconsin Pork Association and numerous meat industry organizations. We are grateful for the support.”
The mission of the new facility is to:
♦ Train the next generation of meat industry leaders with cutting edge technologies;
♦ Support innovative research interests through interdisciplinary collaborative efforts;
♦ Provide outreach education to foster the production of wholesome meat products for the consuming public; and
♦ Support the economic development of the meat industry.
Construction of the 67,540-square-foot Meat Science Laboratory is scheduled to begin in July, with occupancy slated for spring 2018. It will be built at 1930 Linden Drive, on the former site of the Seed Building. The total project cost is $45.7 million. The state has contributed $22.8 million, which was approved in the 2013-15 Wisconsin State Budget. UW-Madison and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences have raised $22.9 million from private donations, and an additional $4 million is still needed to be raised. Anyone interested in making a contribution to the campaign can contact Andrea Engebretson, University of Wisconsin Foundation, at 608-308-5312.