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UW-Madison Dairy Cattle Center Closes Temporarily
USAgNet - 03/31/2020

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences announced it has closed its Dairy Cattle Center for up to 60 days. The decision was made in light of Gov. Evers' Safer at Home order.

"Without students on campus or significant research being conducted in the DCC, and in anticipation of possible labor shortages due to COVID-19 illness, it was a straightforward choice to temporarily close the campus facility and consolidate our herd at our agricultural research stations," said Kent Weigel, professor and chair of the Department of Dairy Science.

Employees will spend the next several days cleaning the facility to prepare for a future reopening. External vendors will also assist with shutting down the milking equipment and capping the silos to maintain feed quality. Full-time employees at the center will be given the opportunity to work at the Emmons Blaine Dairy Cattle Research Center, which is located at the university's Arlington Agricultural Research Station.

University officials will re-evaluate their plans for the DCC in early May.

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