UW Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences: First Reliable Test of Milk Quality

© Photographed August 1, 2015
Erected April 2001 by UW Foundation
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin
43° 4.509′ N, 89° 24.794′ W
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University of Wisconsin Madison
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

A milestone in modern dairying was the development of a simple and accurate measure of the butterfat content of milk. University of Wisconsin biochemist Stephen M. Babcock in 1890 developed the test that made him internationally famous and revolutionized milk production and marketing. The test provided a rational basis of milk evaluation, and prompted better breeding, feeding, and milk production practices. Babcock instructed dairy farmers in the use of the test, which led to the start of the nation's first dairy manufacturing short course.
The marker is located at the Babcock Hall Dairy Store on eastbound Linden Drive, just west of its intersection with Babcock Drive, at 1605 Linden Drive, Madison Wisconsin 53706.

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Wikipedia: Stephen Moulton Babcock

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Memorial plaque (1934) by Lorado Taft honoring Stephen Moulton Babcock in the foyer of the Biochemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Biochemistry Department is housed in the landmarked Agricultural Chemistry Building in the Henry Mall Historic District. 
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The marker is to the right of the entrance, underneath the tree to the right.

Beautiful summer flowers at the building entrance . . .

The marker is located on the campus of UW-Madison.

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