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THE DOWNLOAD: Goat Dairy, Huggie the Dog, Healed Hawk

By Cody Kitaura/Dateline on October 23, 2018 in University

The campus is getting a new dairy goat parlor and creamery that will allow students, staff, faculty and industry stakeholders to process fluid milk and make and sell cheese with state-of-the-art equipment.

A goat chews on the corner of a hard hat.
Goat facility manager Brittany Cavaletto tries to keep her hard hat away from Zinfandel, without much success. (Stephanie Perla/UC Davis)

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences broke ground Oct. 15 on the facility just south of campus near the existing Dairy Goat Teaching and Research Facility off Old Davis Road.

The 2,420 square-foot Noel-Nordfelt Animal Science Goat Dairy and Creamery will provide a California Department of Food and Agriculture inspected and approved facility for will include a milking parlor, milk room, clean room, aged cheese room and packing room. The facility creates the ability to produce, market, and sell Grade A goat cheese while providing hands-on learning for animal science, food science and animal science and management majors. The project should take about eight months to complete.

“We’re really excited to see this come to fruition,” said Professor Anita Oberbauer, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences associate dean for agricultural sciences. “It offers a linkage between the production side and the food side.”

Read John Stumbos’ full story about the new project on the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences website.

Huggable dog gets his time on TV

KVIE recently spotlighted Huggie, the first-ever facility dog at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Huggie works with his foster mom and child life specialist Jenny Belke Monday through Friday to normalize, motivate pediatric patients and reduce any fear, stress, anxiety or pain they may be feeling.

Learn more about how Huggie helps patients in the above video and this story on the UC Davis Health website.

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