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UW-Madison butcher shop expands its hours

September 29, 2017 GMT

A butcher shop on the UW-Madison campus is expanding its retail hours.

Bucky’s Butchery, located in the UW Meat Science and Muscle Biology Laboratory, 1805 Linden Drive, is now open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays in addition to its regular hours on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The shop is operated by a team of 10 to 15 undergraduate student employees under the direction of a meat lab manager. Students who work at the shop learn about butchering animals, meat processing, product development and proper food safety and sanitation procedures. The store also provides experience in customer service, marketing, and product sales, according to officials.

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Meat sold at the shop is produced on campus with the majority sourced from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences’ 2,000-acre research farm in Arlington. Beef are raised on pasture and in feedlot settings while Targhee, Hampshire, Rambouillet, and Polypay sheep are raised on 50 acres of pasture and two barns.

The UW-Madison Swine Research & Teaching Center houses a 250-sow breeding herd, with a total capacity of over 1,500 pigs. The 40,000 square-foot center, also in Arlington, includes four animal wings, an education wing and a core support area with surgery and laboratory space.