Project Showcase

Welcome to the Dairy Innovation Hub’s Project Showcase. This online tool is a searchable database for all Hub-funded projects. Projects can be organized by campus, funding year, priority area and project type. Each project entry contains PI information, co-PI information (if applicable) and a project summary.

  • Vanessa Leone

    A centralized histology and microscopy software resource to disentangle gene-environmental interactions that drive fetal programming and nutrient partitioning in the dairy cow

  • Paul Stoy

    A greenhouse gas measurement system for dairy agroecosystems

  • Susanne Wiesner

    A multipurpose measurement system to assess the environmental sustainability and productivity of dairy farms

  • Scott Sturgul

    A new approach to nutrient management planning on Wisconsin dairy farms

  • Kate Creutzinger

    A novel approach to understanding the impact of dry-off on dairy cow welfare in automatic milking systems

  • Gulustan Ozturk

    A small batch multi purpose membrane filtration unit to isolate bioactive compounds from milk or dairy streams

  • Charles Nicholson

    A systematic review of the economics of nutritional interventions to reduce enteric methane production in dairy cows

  • John Obielodan

    Acquisition of a differential scanning calorimetry machine

  • Hilario Mantovani

    Acquisition of an automated platform (OmniLog ID Plus system)

  • Lautaro Rostoll Cangiano

    Acquisition of high parameter flow cytometer to disentangle complex microbe-host interactions that drive neonatal development in dairy cows

  • Sonja Maki

    Acquisition of real time PCR (qPCR) instrumentation for teaching and research in the Plant and Earth Science Department

  • Matthew Digman

    Adding low-field NMR to the capabilities of CALS researchers to improve nutrient use efficiency on Wisconsin dairy farms

  • Chuck Steiner

    Advanced manure separation technology, nutrient management and composting at Pioneer Farm

  • Horacio Aguirre-Villegas

    Ammonia emissions inventory of different management practices and dairy farm settings

  • Larry Baumann

    Analysis and publication of research data on Johne’s Disease in dairy cattle

  • Rodrigo Ibáñez Alfaro

    Analysis of amino acids in milk and dairy products will enhance research from a biochemical, nutritional, bioactive and safety perspective

  • Jill Coleman Wasik

    Analytical balance for in-house production of standards for equipment calibration

  • Heather Sumner-Davis

    Analytical lab construction to house equipment to analyze water for phosphorous, nitrogen, and potassium, with capability for more elements/nutrients

  • Jeremy Foltz

    Analyzing the costs and benefits of manure management regulations for dairy farm economic viability and soil and water sustainability

  • Joseph Pierre

    Application of dairy components in improving chronic disease risk

  • Chuck Nicholson

    Assessing and addressing barriers to dairy product exports by small and medium sized Wisconsin manufacturers

  • Hilario Mantovani

    Assessing changes in the fecal microbiomes of neonatal dairy calves to enhance animal health

  • Zhou Zhang

    Assessing maize silage yield and quality using UAV-based hyperspectral imagery and machine learning

  • Susanne Wiesner

    Assessing soil health and forage quality in dairy agricultural systems using multispectral and thermal sensors onboard of an unmanned aerial vehicle

  • Min Chen

    Assessing the impact of states and national climate policies and food behavioral changes on the US dairy industry

  • Chuck Steiner

    Bale processor to improve feed efficiency and consistency at Pioneer Farm and provide teaching and outreach opportunities

  • Heather Sumner Davis

    Benchtop centrifuge

  • Grace Lewis

    Benchtop spray dryer for teaching, research, and outreach

  • Zhezhen Fu

    Benchtop X-Ray diffractometer for materials analysis

  • Lautaro Rostoll Cangiano

    Beyond immunoglobulin concentrations: Exploring the potential of freshcolostrum on immune development and health in dairy calves

  • Timothy Donohue

    Biochemistry Analyzer to test if residues remaining after milk processing can be microbially fermented into valuable products

  • Victor Ujor

    Bioconversion of whey permeate to 2,3-butanediol at bioreactor scale

  • Jennifer Van Os

    Blaine Dairy whole-barn video-recording system

  • Asad Azemi

    Bringing artificial intelligence to the dairy barn

  • Garret Suen

    Buccal swabbing as a molecular tool for rumen microbial profiling and diagnosis in dairy cattle

  • Pete Lammers

    Building capacity for dairy nutrition – Equipment to measure in-vitro digestibility and rumen gas production

  • Pete Lammers

    Building capacity for dairy nutrition research: Equipment to track individual feed intake

  • Vanessa Leone

    Building capacity to perform cow-side measurements of cellular metabolism via the mobile Seahorse XF HS Mini Analyzer

  • Steve Kelm

    Cal-Meter for cowside determination of subclinical hypocalciemia in mature dairy cattle

  • Nancy Esser

    Calan feeding gates in Marshfield ARS lactating cow barn

  • Greg Zwald

    Calf barn expansion and related monitoring equipment for added research capacity

  • Albert Boaitey

    Calf management practices, animal welfare and the social sustainability of the dairy industry

  • Kerri Coon

    Capacity of flies to acquire and transmit pathogenic bacteria to dairy cows

  • Michaela Hoffelmeyer

    Carework as Farm Work? Agricultural Practitioners’ Perspectives of Childcare

  • Claudine Pied

    Changing agricultural land: Understanding impacts on southern Wisconsin’s dairy farms and rural communities

  • Zifan Wan

    Characterization of cold plasma via optical and electrical diagnostics

  • Kate Creutzinger

    Characterizing the behavior and management of dairy cows and neonate calves shortly after birth

  • Matt Akins

    Cocktail forage mix yield, quality and use in cow rations

  • Anita Thompson

    Cold season hydrology and frozen soils laboratory capacity building

  • Laura Hernandez

    Comparing the efficacy of EGTA and 5-HTP induction and resolution of hypocalcemia in dairy cows

  • Kerri Coon

    Competency of flies to acquire and transmit pathogenic bacteria to dairy cows

  • Hilario Mantovani

    Controlling ruminant methane emissions employing lactic acid bacteria and their metabolites

  • Rebecca Larson

    Dairy and environment online course development

  • Heidi Zoerb

    Dairy Innovation Hub student challenge

  • Peter Rayne

    Dairy processing laboratory to support new faculty research and outreach program

  • John Obielodan

    Dairy protein biocomposites development using selective laser sintering 3D printing process

  • Timothy Donohue

    Dairy residue bio-conversion into designer (D)-lactic acid

  • Xia Zhu-Barker

    Dairy Water Quality Research Station: A campus-wide long-term lysimeter network in Wisconsin

  • Guilherme Rosa

    DairyTrader®: A cull dairy cow price estimation app to help farmer decision-making

  • Hilario Mantovani

    Deciphering ecological interactions in the ruminant gastrointestinal tract microbiota that affect methane formation and the efficacy of mitigation strategies

  • Austin Polebitski

    Decision making using DAIRI (Data Automation Interface and Real-time Interaction): A platform for connecting farmers to their data

  • Audrey Girard

    Demonstrating the value of dairy ingredients in protein- and fiber-based enriched snack foods

  • Gholamreza Dehnavi

    Design of a microgrid for the future dairy plant at UW-Platteville

  • Beth Olson

    Determining consumer preferences of dairy milk

  • Bahareh Hassanpour

    Developing capacity for chromatography techniques at the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, UW–River Falls

  • Muthu Venkateshwaran

    Developing novel and sustainable disease management strategies against Aphanomyces root rot of alfalfa

  • Hilario Mantovani

    Development of antibiotic-free or antibiotic-reduced therapy to control Bovine Mastitis

  • Tu-Anh Huynh

    Development of biocontrol agents against Listeria monocytogenes in dairy production

  • Joseph Wu

    Development of milk-protein-based 3D printing biocomposites using spoiled milk and whey from dairy processing waste.

  • Youngmi Kim

    Development of whey protein-lignin based film/coating materials for dairy food packaging

  • Youngmi Kim

    Development of whey protein-lignin based film/coating materials for dairy food packaging applications

  • Luiz Ferraretto

    Dietary fiber and starch digestibility effects on feeding behavior and lactation performance

  • Audrey Girard

    Discovering a new dairy-based ingredient to replace fat in whipped cream

  • Heather Sumner-Davis

    Downdraft table for forage and grain analysis

  • Natasha Rayne

    Effect of in-field prairie strips on nutrient cycling and biodiversity in crop production systems: A preliminary study

  • Heather White

    Effects of in utero choline exposure on growth, feed efficiency, and carcass quality in Angus x Holstein cattle

  • Sylvia Kehoe

    Effects of using calf jackets on performance and health of purebred and crossbred dairy calves in different rearing environments

  • Matthew Digman

    Efficacy of manure nutrient prediction and variable rate technology to improve nutrient use efficiency on Wisconsin dairy farms

  • Bob Zeng

    Efficient manure land application through innovative tillage systems: Feasibility and environmental impacts

  • Bob Zhiwei Zeng

    Efficient manure land application through vertical tillage systems: preliminary study

  • David Zlesak

    Electric Autoclave used to sterilize instruments, liquids, and biological wastes

  • Joseph Sanford

    Enhancing anaerobic digestion biogas analysis capabilities at UW–Platteville

  • Veronica Justen

    Enhancing crop health assessment through acquisition of a porometer/fluorometer

  • Chris Baxter

    Enhancing elemental analysis capabilities for organic substances at UW–Platteville

  • Zifan Wan

    Enhancing the safety and growth of alfalfa by the utilization of novel non-thermal technology – high voltage atmospheric cold plasma

  • Veronica Justen

    Environmental test chamber: Control growing conditions for plants and seedlings

  • Bidhan Roy

    Equipment for measuring the rheological properties of ice-cream to predict its mouth-feel sensations

  • Chris Baxter

    Equipment needs for measurement of dynamic soil properties

  • Christopher Baxter

    Equipment needs for the evaluation of dairy management practices on soil health and water quality

  • Susanne Wiesner

    Establishing a Baseline Greenhouse Gas Budget and Climate Resilience Target for the Mann Valley Dairy Farm

  • Joseph Sanford

    Establishment of long term biochar research plots for evaluation of applications to dairy rotations

  • Luiz Ferraretto

    Estimating energy value and milk yield potential of whole-plant corn forage

  • Joseph Sanford

    Evaluating nitrogen availability from solid-liquid-separated and composted manure

  • Garret Suen

    Evaluating Salmonella Cerro as a preventative for Salmonellosis

  • Xia Zhu-Barker

    Evaluating the effects of manure-based products on silage corn nitrogen uptake, fertilizer nitrogen use efficiency, soil nitrogen transformations, and nitrous oxide emissions

  • Krista Eiseman

    Evaluating trends in female to male ratios in dairy science and related programs throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest region and the translation into post-secondary employment

  • Joseph Sanford

    Evaluation of biochar incorporation into manure systems for improving air quality and odor management

  • Michael Compton

    Evaluation of dairy fiber as an organic addendum to horticultural media used for growing native plants

  • Sylvia Kehoe

    Evaluation of two caustic paste brands when disbudding calves

  • Jessica Cederquist

    Expanding calf housing options into underutilized UW animal research facilities

  • Tu-Anh Huynh

    Exploiting the food-grade organism Aspergillus oryzae as a biocontrol agent against Listeria monocytogenes in dairy products and cattle

  • Heather White

    Exploring factors that contribute to nutrient use for feed efficiency

  • Ryan Pralle

    Exploring high liver triglyceride content heritability and genetic architecture in early lactation Holstein cows

  • Chuck Steiner

    EZweights 365 touch monitor package scale house for digital commodity, feed, manure and compost records and data collection

  • Matt Akins

    Feeding equipment for individual gate feeding system at UW Marshfield ARS

  • Larry Baumann

    Fencing project to split milking herd barn from single group to two groups to allow research

  • Susanne Wiesner

    Filling existing gaps in the monitoring of of soil greenhouse gas emissions and environmental health at Mann Valley Farm

  • Harold (Hal) Evensen

    Full implementation of automated rotational grazing and assessment of its impact on animals and on forage

  • Krishnapuram Karthikeyan

    Gaining value from post-anaerobic digestion dairy manure fibers

  • Xuejun Pan

    Galactooligosaccharides (GOS) synthesized from lactose as milk supplement to promote probiotic growth

  • Luiz Ferraretto

    Gas chromatograph and mass spectrometer for analysis of compounds found in forages, rumen fluid and gases, and blood/milk samples

  • Francisco Peñagaricano

    Genomic solutions to improve dairy bull fertility

  • Denise Ney

    Glycomacropeptide (GMP) derived from cheese whey: Treating obesity by manipulating hunger hormones and the gut microbiota

  • Phillip Barak

    Green ammonia recovery from manure digester and lagoon by electrodialysis

  • Joseph Sanford

    Greenhouse gas monitoring equipment to expand research capacity

  • Bahareh Hassanpour

    Groundwater fluctuations-related nutrient cycling and stream water quality in agricultural headwater areas

  • Jill Coleman Wasik

    Growing a new UW collaboration to continuously measure groundwater nitrate in western Wisconsin farm wells using a novel sensor technology

  • Sylvia Kehoe

    Handheld, portable blood gas machine

  • João Dorea

    Harnessing the power of computer vision systems to improve animal health and welfare in transition dairy cows

  • Alfred Hartemink

    Heavy metal assessment of soil, manure, feed, and dairy products using energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (EDXRF)

  • Audrey Girard

    High temperature rapid viscoanalyzer to analyze dairy beverages, cheese, and competing products

  • Bradley Bolling

    High-resolution mass spectrometry analysis (HRMS) of dairy products

  • Tu-Anh Huynh

    High-speed refrigerated floor centrifuge dedicated to understanding antibiotic resistance in Listeria monocytogenes isolates from dairy cattle and dairy farms (Biological Safety Level-2)

  • Zhou Zhang

    Hyperspectral Imaging instrument for precision dairy farming

  • John Lucey

    Improved solubility of milk protein concentrate and micellar casein concentrate by novel diafiltration approach

  • Neslihan Akdeniz

    Improving anaerobic digester performance through microaeration

  • Laura Hernandez

    Improving health and welfare of dairy cattle by synchronizing and optimizing the transition period

  • Mark Renz

    Improving pest management to expand adoption of intercropping alfalfa and corn for Wisconsin dairies

  • Sylvia Kehoe

    Improving the health and welfare of dairy calves

  • Kent Weigel

    Improving the performance of dairy heifer operations by understanding maternal and management stressors impacting heifer growth and feed efficiency

  • Selvarani Govindasamy-Lucey

    Improving the properties of cheese snacks by applying acoustic and textural mapping

  • Zifan Wan

    Improving the safety and utilization of organic fertilizer by the application of the novel high voltage atmospheric cold plasma treatment

  • Francisco Arriaga

    Increasing environmental stewardship of dairy forage production systems with cover crops

  • Luiz Ferraretto

    Increasing research capacity in energy partitioning and feed efficiency

  • Francisco Peñagaricano

    Increasing research capacity in enteric methane emissions and sustainable dairy farming: acquisition of a GreenFeed unit

  • Greg Zwald

    Individual calf pens for added treatment group capacity

  • Ryan Pralle

    Individual feed intake monitoring system for cross-disciplinary dairy production research

  • Michel Wattiaux

    Indwelling loggers for high-resolution, continuous monitoring, of rumen physiological data

  • Jimena Laporta

    Innovative methods to detect and protect against heat stress in dairy calves

  • Francisco Peñagaricano

    Innovative solutions for sustainable improvement of dairy cow fertility

  • James Hampton

    Interactions of fibroblast growth factor and protein metabolism during the postpartum period in lactating dairy cows and their effect on animal health.

  • Christian Krueger

    Intramammary infusion of tannin-chitosan hydrogels for prevention or treatment of bovine mastitis

  • Margaret Kalcic

    Investigating the disproportionality of pollutant loading based on farmer social indicators

  • Dennis Busch

    Land and water resource resilience: Key metrics of water quality and soil health

  • Larry Baumann

    Large capacity chilled centrifuge for blood sample preparation

  • Jill Coleman Wasik

    Large capacity muffle furnace and related equipment

  • Ryan Pralle

    Leveraging automated milking systems to employ targeted saturated fatty acid supplementation strategies to early lactation dairy cows

  • Yanwei Wu

    Leveraging blockchain for data security in the dairy farm

  • James Hampton

    Linear rectal ultrasound probe and blood chemistry analyzer

  • Harold (Hal) Evensen

    Local virtual enclosures to enforce managed grazing

  • Michel Wattiaux

    Making cows and farms more efficient and more environmentally friendly to strengthen the grown and sustainability of Wisconsin livestock systems

  • Rodrigo Ibáñez Alfaro

    Manufacturing natural cheeses containing bioactive peptides with improved antihypertensive properties

  • Marta Kohmann

    Manure application recommendations for alfalfa interseeded into corn silage

  • Bidhan Roy

    Measuring the rheological properties of ice cream to predict its mouth-feel sensations

  • Alfred Hartemink

    Mid-infrared spectroscopy platform for rapid assessment of soil, feed and dairy product nutrients for sustainable dairy production across Wisconsin

  • John Panuska

    Mobile maps for better manure management

  • Jennifer Van Os

    Mooving Cows: An innovative tool for diverse audiences to learn dairy cow handling practices

  • Jennifer Van Os

    Multi-barn high-resolution camera system for behavioral monitoring of dairy heifers

  • Greg Zwald

    Multi-purpose benchtop research space at Mann Valley Farm

  • Mark Levenstein

    Nanosculpted silicon membranes for shape-based biological separations

  • João Dorea

    Near-infrared spectroscopy for high-throughput phenotyping

  • Gulustan Ozturk

    Next generation yogurt with dairy probiotic complexes

  • Veronica Justen

    Novel dairy cropping systems to enhance economic and environmental resilience of Wisconsin dairy farms

  • Sofia Ortega

    Nutritional strategies to reduce early pregnancy loss in dairy cattle

    person
  • Ryan Pralle

    Opening windows for research, teaching, and demonstrations through rumen cannulation

  • Grace Lewis

    Optimization of casein micelle nanoparticle formation using high pressure homogenization and processing aids

  • Veronica Justen

    Optimizing forage cover crop systems for agronomic production and environmental stewardship

  • Joshua Yue

    Performing a risk assessment for the dairy farm

  • Scott Rankin

    Pilot scale process to convert an acid whey waste stream to high-value food products

  • Veronica Justen

    Plant growth chambers for forage and cover crop research

  • Md Mamunur Rahman

    Precision livestock farming: Harnessing data and machine learning for enhanced dairy calf health and welfare

  • Veronica Justen

    Precision row crop planter with GPS capabilities to enhance Mann Valley Farm research capacity

  • João Dorea

    Predicting meat cuts and carcass traits of beef on dairy calves through 3D images of live animals

  • Arquimides Reyes

    Preliminary comparison of HolSim cattle vs. Angus x Holstein cattle

  • Grace Lewis

    Processing-induced alterations in casein protein digestibility and enzymatic interactions

  • Chuck Nicholson

    Profitability of automated milking systems and labor implications for Wisconsin dairy farmers

  • Rich Hartel

    Pulsating droplet tensiometerfor measuring interfacial rheologyin dairy products

  • Rebecca Wiepz

    Purchase of a no-till drill to enhance dairy conservation cropping system research at Peninsular Agriculture Research Station

  • Rebecca Larson

    Pyrolyzing dairy manure solids to recover manure nutrients

  • Zifan Wan

    Quality assessment of dairy products after cold plasma treatments through texture, color, and microbial analysis

  • Jingyi Huang

    Real-time soil nitrate leaching sensing for sustainable dairy production

  • Paul Stoy

    Reducing lifecycle environmental impacts and improving profitability of Wisconsin dairy systems through improved cropping management

  • Jason Cavadini

    Refining dairy forage rotations with cool season annual grasses

  • Jim Hampton

    Refrigerated centrifuge for feed, manure and tissue sample processing and assays

  • Heather Sumner-Davis

    Reimagining 131/132 Agricultural Sciences Building to accommodate Hub-funded equipment to build research capacity

  • Kate Creutzinger

    Renovation to create research fellow office space in the Agriculture Science Building

  • Kurt Vogel

    Replacement and improvement of video recording systems at the Mann Valley Farm Dairy Learning Center – Phase 2

  • Kurt Vogel

    Replacement and improvement of video recording systems at the Mann Valley Farm Dairy Learning Center – Phase 3

  • Kurt Vogel

    Replacement and improvement of video recording systems at the Mann Valley Farm Dairy Learning Center, phase 1

  • James White

    Rural economic development in Wisconsin: Analysis of intergenerational mobility and community-centered case studies

  • Jill Coleman Wasik

    Seeking solutions to groundwater contamination in agricultural communities: Strategic study of factors influencing contaminant transport from the land surface into aquifers

  • Kent Weigel

    Selection for resilient dairy cows

  • John Obielodan

    Selective laser sintering 3D printer acquisition for dairy protein-based composite materials development

  • Yanwei Wu

    Software and hardware to perform dairy farm risk assessment

  • Geoffrey Siemering

    Soil Science Discrete Analyzer for water and soil and plant extract ion analysis

  • Mark Johnson

    Strategies to inhibit development of biogenic amine associated defects in ripened cheeses

  • Sylvia Kehoe

    Super hutches for 2–5-month heifers (allows additional wet calf capacity in existing barn)

  • Heather Sumner-Davis

    Supplemental funding for analytical lab and collaborative research space

  • Rodrigo Ibáñez Alfaro

    Technological approaches to reduce incidence of biogenic amines in Block-Gouda cheese for export markets

  • Muthu Venkateshwaran

    Testing the efficacy of plant essential oils in the management of Aphanomyces root rot of alfalfa

  • Grace Lewis

    Texture analyzer for dairy products

  • Joseph Pierre

    The characterization of bovine milk fat lipids in surgical nutrition support

  • Victor Cabrera

    The EZ dairy enviro-money: A high level environmental and economic assessment tool for dairy farmers

  • Tu-Anh Huynh

    The genetic determinants of gastrointestinal tract colonization by Listeria monocytogenes

  • Inna Popova

    The use of a modified acrylic fiber for removal of copper and antibiotics from manure amended soils

  • Scott Rankin

    Towards net-zero dairy: Designing and operating a novel catalytic reactor for valorization of acid whey

  • Mohammad Ashrafuzzaman

    Towards optimized usage of the milking robot using data analytics

  • Jimena Laporta

    Tracking longitudinal bovine mammary gland development via ultrasound technology

  • Larry Baumann

    Ultracold freezer for long-term storage of blood and tissue samples

  • Heather White

    Understanding Hepatic Carbon Metabolism During the Transition to Lactation

  • Christopher Holtkamp

    Understanding the impact of dairy farm changes on social capital in rural Wisconsin

  • Scott Rankin

    Unlocking the potential of whey: Sustainable production of low-calorie tagatose and prebiotics for value creation and reducing environmental impact

  • Joel Peterson

    Updating manure values in SNAPplus for better nutrient management planning

  • Joseph Pierre

    Upgrading the shared campus use Small Animal Metabolic Phenotyping Facility

  • Raymond Pugh

    Using seed priming to improve alfalfa feed quality and value

  • Zifan Wan

    Utilization of plasma activated water (PAW) as a clean-in-place (CIP) sanitizer for surface disinfection of dairy processing equipment

  • Patrick Woolcock

    UWRF Mann Valley Farm bovine compost research expansion

  • Ryan Pralle

    Validating a novel serological panel for bovine fatty liver syndrome

  • Matt Ruark

    Water quality, nitrogen use efficiency, and soil health: The shovel-ready projects of the UW-Discovery Farms

  • Greg Zwald

    Weaned calf structure to support additional calves and increased research capacity

  • Victor Ujor

    Whey to 1,2-propanediol: unraveling the metabolic limitations of enhanced biosynthesis

  • Bradley Bolling

    Whey-fortified fermented milk for inhibiting intestinal inflammation

  • Zhezhen Fu

    Wood templated high efficiency and low-cost ceramic membranes for dairy wastewater treatment