Dairy Innovation Hub

Dr. Risper Nyairo

Nyairo explores increasing local food to university, promotes sustainability

Authored on: Sep 09, 2022, Written by: Alison Parkins
Dr. Risper Nyairo is working to change the future of sustainability in the Platteville area, which starts in part by reconstructing the past. Nyairo is conducting a feasibility study on the potential of linking more local producers to the university’s Dining Services, in order to increase local food offerings and promote sustainable practices within the local watershed. 

dairy cows at Pioneer Farm

State-sponsored Dairy Innovation Hub funds third round of research grants at UW-Platteville

Authored on: Sep 09, 2022, Written by: Maria Woldt, Dairy Innovation Hub Program Manager
UW-Platteville recently awarded five faculty research fellowships to help increase dairy-related research capacity through the Dairy Innovation Hub initiative. Selected faculty members will tackle research projects in the Hub’s four priority areas: stewarding land and water resources; enriching human health and nutrition; ensuring animal health and welfare; and growing farm business and communities.

Pioneer Farm

Dairy Innovation Hub funds second round of research grants

Authored on: Jul 07, 2021, Written by: Maria Woldt, Dairy Innovation Hub

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently awarded six faculty research fellowships to help increase dairy-related research capacity through the Dairy Innovation Hub initiative.


Lely Robot

Robotic milkers bring new opportunities for research, outreach and education

Authored on: Jun 06, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
UW-Platteville's Pioneer Farm is now home to two new state-of-the-art robotic milkers, enabling more opportunities for research and engagement across campus and the tri-state region.

Dairy Lab

Compeer Financial grants $10,000 to UW-Platteville Dairy Pilot Plant at Pioneer Farm

Authored on: May 05, 2021, Written by: Kristie Reynolds
UW-Platteville is one step closer to launching the new Dairy Pilot Plant, thanks to a recent $10,000 grant from Compeer Financial. The proposed plant, which will be located at Pioneer Farm, will provide research and education on dairy food product development while also giving students an opportunity to learn about rural economic development, entrepreneurship and sustainability. 

Roth Family

A love of dairy brings families together

Authored on: Feb 02, 2021, Written by: Megan Hinderman
Alumni TJ and Katie Roth are partners in Banner Ridge Farms LLC, and witness, firsthand, the benefits the new Dairy Innovation Hub is bringing to the region.

Junior and environmental engineering major Victoria Chanez runs a viscometer test as part of a rheology research project with the Dairy Innovation Hub.

Researchers look for a taste of success

Authored on: Nov 11, 2020, Written by: Megan Hinderman
Wisconsin is known worldwide for its dairy products, and ice cream is an almost universal favorite. Yet what we love about it can often be hard to describe. Now, mechanical engineering professors Dr. Thomas Zolper and Dr. Bidhan Roy are looking at the science behind one of the world’s most popular treats as part of their research for the UW-Platteville Dairy Innovation Hub.

Ryan Weigel and his family with their prize winning cow, Altitude, which Weigel and partners purchased at the Pioneer Dairy Club Classic in 2000.

Alumni Spotlight: Ryan Weigel

Authored on: Nov 11, 2020, Written by: Megan Hinderman
Throughout his career, Ryan Weigel has felt the influence of UW-Platteville. From the time he graduated as an animal science major, to his own role as an educator today, Weigel acknowledges the friends, family and mentors that have helped him along the way.

Dr. Heather White, associate professor in the UW–Madison Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences and faculty director of the Hub

Dairy Innovation Hub releases first annual report

Authored on: Oct 10, 2020, Written by: Maria Woldt, Dairy Innovation Hub program manager
The Dairy Innovation Hub has released its first annual report that reflects progress and activities from initial funding approval by the Wisconsin Legislature in early October 2019 through June 2020.

Dr. Wayne Weber

Updates from the Dean for Fall 2020

Authored on: Aug 08, 2020, Written by: Dr. Wayne Weber, Dean of the UW-Platteville College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture
A message from Dr. Wayne Weber, Dean of the UW-Platteville College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture.

Pioneer Farm

State-funded Dairy Innovation Hub hires first faculty members

Authored on: Jul 07, 2020, Written by: Maria Woldt, Dairy Innovation Hub program manager
Ryan Pralle and Joseph Sanford have been hired as faculty members by the UW-Platteville School of Agriculture, representing the first tenure-track faculty positions funded by the Dairy Innovation Hub.

Dairy Innovation Hub Fellowships

Faculty fellowships funded by state-sponsored Dairy Innovation Hub

Authored on: Jun 06, 2020, Written by: Maria Woldt, Dairy Innovation Hub program manager
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently awarded seven faculty research fellowships to help increase dairy-related research capacity through the Dairy Innovation Hub initiative.

Tera Montgomery

Grant supports opening of Dairy Pilot Plant, student-run business

Authored on: Nov 11, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins
Ice cream will soon be the next product made and sold by students on the UW-Platteville campus. A recent grant from the Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America will support the opening of UW-Platteville’s Dairy Pilot Plant and the creation of a student-run ice cream production business.

Representatives on a farm

UW Dairy Innovation Hub seeks solutions to challenges facing Wisconsin dairy industry

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: UW System
From improving human nutrition to assuring clean water to growing the farm economy while caring for animals, the Dairy Innovation Hub will harness the intellectual and creative power of three University of Wisconsin institutions to address the most complex challenges facing the state’s dairy industry.

Dairy Hub Classes

Dairy Innovation Hub moves closer to reality

Authored on: Jun 06, 2019, Written by: Paul Erickson

The proposed Dairy Innovation Hub bill moved two steps closer to reality this week when the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate both passed the proposal that the Wisconsin Joint Committee on Finance originally recommended in the 2019-21 state budget. The budget now goes before Gov. Tony Evers.


Student with a horse at Pioneer Farm

Dairy program would grow under new bill

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Paul Erickson

The UW Dairy Innovation Hub was approved in the new state budget. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville dairy program would grow significantly under a proposed University of Wisconsin Dairy Innovation Hub bill introduced this week to the state legislature.