Falcon Foods

Dairy Pilot Plant Renovation

The renovated UWRF dairy plant (recently renamed the Wuethrich Family/Grassland Dairy Center of Excellence) will be the teaching showcase for the industry, setting the training stage for future generations in the dairy industry. We are seeking industry partners to support this important initiative. 

The goals of this renovation project are to:

  • Enlarge the chesse manufacturing area and include dedicated space for raw milk processing and separation, increase HTST capacity, additional cheese vats and processed cheese cookers for improved pilot plant capabilities.
  • Modernize the dairy plant equipment and processes to help provide more effective teaching and outreach programming; overall soace dedicated to the dairy plant will be more than 6,000 sq. ft.
  • Introduce additional product and processing safety and security features by integrating separation of raw product handling and whey processing.

Renovation: Industry Partners and Donors

Advisory Committee

  • Advanced Process Technologies, Inc.
  • AgriBank/Compeer Financial
  • Agropur, Inc.
  • Ampco Pumps Company, Inc.
  • Associated Milk Producers Inc.
  • Complete Filtration Resources Inc.
  • Dairy Business Innovation Alliance
  • Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery
  • Foremost Farms USA Cooperative
  • FOSS North America, Inc.
  • Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc.
  • Land O' Lakes, Inc.
  • Loos Machine Shop. Inc.
  • Marathon Cheese Corporation
  • Milk Specialties Companyl/David and Frankie Lenzmeier
  • Mullins' Cheese, Inc. 
  • Nasonville Dairy, Inc.
  • Nelson-Jamenson, Inc.
  • Pentair Sϋdmo
  • Revela Foods
  • Saputo Cheese USA, Inc.
  • Sargento Foods, Inc.
  • Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association
  • Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation


  • Central Wisconsin Cheesemakers and Buttermakers Assoc.
  • Fristam Pumps USA
  • Kwik-Trip, Inc.
  • Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.
  • Sartori Cheese Company


  • AGC Heat Transfer, Inc.
  • Great Lakes Cheese Co., Inc.
  • Kelley Supply, Inc.
  • Klondike Cheese Co.
  • LaGrander's Hillside Dairy, Inc. 
  • Lynn Dairy and Lynn Proteins, inc.
  • Organic Valley
  • Valley Queen Charitable Foundations


  • Bauer Welding, inc.
  • Bletsoe Cheese, Inc.
  • Bremer Bank
  • Chr. Hansen
  • Culver's
  • Dairy Connection, Inc.
  • Dairy Famers of America. inc.
  • Eau Galle Cheese
  • Henning's Cheese
  • Hydrite Chemical
  • International Dairy, Deli, Bakery Association
  • Nicolet National Bank
  • Schuman Cheese/Lake Country Dairy inc. 
  • Winona Foods
  • William "Bill" Boehm
  • Mark Forsythe and Katie Wanek-Forsythe
  • John Umhoefer
  • Anderson-Negele


  • AgSource Laboratories
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Color Craft Graphic Arts, Inc.
  • Eastern Wisconsin Cheesmakers and Buttermakers Assoc.
  • Enerquip, LLC
  • Handrick Trucking, LLC
  • Indue Sales and Services, Inc.
  • Kemps, LLC
  • National Utilities Co.
  • NW WI Managers/Fieldmans Association 
  • Page & Pedersen International, Ltd.
  • Phoenix Stainless, LLC
  • Sani-Matric, LLC
  • Solecta, Inc.
  • Specialty Cheese Company, Inc.
  • Taylor Cheese Corporation
  • Whitehall Specialties

Alumni and Friend


  • Dave and Laura Coggins
  • Jerome "Jerry" and DeAnn Gaska
  • Ryan Haack
  • Doug Hein
  • James Heuer
  • Dayton Hougaard
  • Gary Ingli
  • Ella Kauer
  • Jason Kjos
  • Renee Knutson 
  • Audrey and Jim Kusilek
  • Dale E. Larson
  • Joe and Mary Miller
  • Allison Nohre-Binsfeld
  • Tim, Kim and Lizzy Pruss
  • Julie Stucky and Dave Simpson
  • Greg Tauchen - Harmony Valley Farms
  • Mary and Dean Van Galen
  • Carie Wagner
  • Larry and Donna Reuter
  • Anonymous

Renovation Timeline

We look forward to a grand re-opening in fall 2023!

Alumni and Friends

Leave a legacy by making a contribution to our milk can campaign in support of the dairy plant renovation. Donate now.


“The renovation of the dairy plant is a high priority for the university. It will be a state-of-the-art facility that will expand our capacity to support businesses, as well as provide students with exceptional, hands-on experiences fostering the next generation of leaders in Wisconsin’s signature industry.” - Maria Gallo, UWRF Chancellor

“As you may notice, I did not call this a donation, but an investment, which I believe it is. This not only serves to educate our future employees but may open opportunities for research and product development.” - Trevor Wuethrich, President Grassland Dairy

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Animal and Food Science
242 Food Science Addition
590 S. Spruce Street
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