MPSC is a proud contributor to the University of Wisconsin’s New state-of-the-art MSABD building, the new home of the MSABD program, which is part of the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences. The program involves research, teaching and outreach in the areas of meat science, food safety, and animal biologics — value-added molecules from animal tissues that function as medicines or therapeutics.
With a total square footage of approximately 67,540 square feet, the new building provides state-of-the-art teaching, research and outreach capabilities. It houses a USDA-inspected meat and poultry processing facility, as well as a separate Biosafety Level 2 processing and laboratory facility for food safety research. Together, these two processing plants are at the core of the research, teaching and outreach that will be offered to students and industry clientele. The building also features modern offices and conference rooms and houses Bucky’s Varsity Meats retail store (formerly Bucky’s Butchery). A total of 256 donors — both companies and individuals primarily from the state’s meat industry — contributed funds to support the building project. The total cost of the project was $57.1M with slightly less than half coming from the state and the remainder from gifts and program revenue.