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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Hampel Corp donates calf pens to UWP Pioneer Farm

PLATTEVILLE - Hampel Corp. has donated 20 Calf-Tel calf pen systems to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Pioneer Farm.

The donation from the Wisconsin company allows the farm to move its young calves from the greenhouse to the old Dairy Center, which provides a better and warmer environment. The 20 pens are installed side-by-side in two rows of 10 facing each other.

"It's a win-win situation," said Jaclyn Bevan, a development officer for the UWP Foundation. "The company's product will be visible to the public who visit the farm and it's a win for UW-Platteville because we can use the pens and expand our herd without having to expand our current facility."

The pens will house calves up to about 2 months old, said Cory Weigel, Pioneer Farm's dairy herd manager. A few days after the pens were installed, 15 already were in use.

The new two-by-six-foot pens allow for easy management and cleaning. When a calf is moved out, the bedding can just be removed and the plastic easily can be cleaned with a spray washer, Weigel said.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be conducted at the farm on Monday, Dec. 8. A ribbon-cutting will take place at 9:45 a.m. and an open house will run until noon. Refreshments will be served.

Calf-Tel's national sales manager, Lewis Anderson Jr., said the company's owner and others at the firm were very enthusiastic about donating the calf pen systems to UWP.

"We have a strong commitment to raising healthy animals and we want to be a part of it," Anderson said. "This is an opportunity to show our thanks for the research that goes on. We're happy to support the university."

Calf-Tel is a division of Hampel Corp., and is located in Germantown, a Milwaukee suburb. In addition to calf pens and hutches, Hampel also manufactures portable restrooms, reusable packaging and other products that utilize custom thermoforming. The company was formed in 1976.

Pioneer Farm opened its new Dairy Center in 2006. It includes cutting-edge technology, including robotic milkers. The university's goal is to expand its dairy herd to a full capacity of 200 cows by the end of 2009. With the calves moving to the old dairy barn, the greenhouse that previously housed calves will be used as an open-housing area for calves from 2 to 6 months old.

The 430-acre Pioneer Farm - located just southeast of Platteville - includes corn, oats and alfalfa along with beef, dairy cows and swine. The farm also includes a classroom and the capability to provide distance education.

For more information about the calf pens, contact Bevan at (608) 342-1864 or zimmermanj@uwplatt.edu.

Contact: Jaclyn Bevan, UWP Foundation, (608) 342-1864, zimmermanj@uwplatt.edu Written by: Gary Achterberg, UWP Public Relations, (608) 342-1194, achterbergg@uwplatt.edu


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