Milk Processing Lab

The Milk Processing Laboratory is part of the overall 11,500-square-foot August A. Busch III Brewing and Food Science Laboratory.

Features include dairy-grade floor, walls, and ceilings; eight utility stations with chilled and hot water, culinary steam, and broad electrical capability; an advanced air filtering system; and isolated drainage. Planned or proposed equipment include raw milk cooling tank, milk separator, milk pasteurizer, milk homogenizer, ultraclean milk filler, and a membrane separation system.

The laboratory has been carefully designed to focus on flexibility in teaching and research. This enables UC Davis to complement the milk processing facilities at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to better serve the state’s dairy industry Examples of areas of research include separation of milk components into functional ingredients, processing feed-modified milk, and processing of milk from genetically selected cows. The laboratory will also allow for hands-on student and industry training.

The campus has challenged the dairy industry to provide $1 million to support construction and equipping of the Milk Processing Laboratory. This campaign was kicked off with a major commitment from the Hilmar Cheese Company in 2010.

"Innovations in dairy products and processing are critical to meet the needs of customers worldwide and to keep the United States competitive," said John Jeter, Hilmar Cheese Company chief executive officer and president.  "The research and teaching excellence at UC Davis is crucial to our continued growth and development. We encourage the industry to join us in supporting new dairy research at the August A. Busch III Brewing and Food Science Laboratory."

Milk Processing Lab Capabilities

  Equipment - Planned & Proposed

   • Raw Milk Cooling Tank

   • Milk Separator

   • Milk Pasteurizer

   • Milk Homogenizer

   • Ultra-clean Milk Filler

   • Cheese-making Capability

   • Membrane Separation System

   • New Separation Concepts

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