University of Wisconsin–Madison
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We're Badger Proud

We produce signature dairy products for the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the surrounding community. Through this, the Babcock Hall Dairy Plant and Dairy Store help support the University of Wisconsin Food Science Department’s mission of research, teaching and outreach.

Dining with Babcock

Babcock serves a variety of sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. Each sandwich is made fresh and features cheese made here at Babcock Hall.

See our menu Lunch Special

Ice Cream

Our renowned ice cream is available in a wide variety of flavors and styles.  Our recipe for our standard ice cream mix hasn’t changed since we began, in 1951.  The Dairy Store typically has 22 flavors on hand so you can enjoy an ice cream treat at our store or take a pint, half-gallon or a three-gallon tub with you.

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Since 1951 the Babcock Hall Dairy Plant has been producing a wide variety of award-winning cheeses. We currently offer 23 flavors of cheese and they are all made by our student production interns with the guidance of Master Cheesemaker, Gary Grossen.

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Babcock (black leaf) teas include our diet and sweetened peach and cherry pomegranate blends. These formulations are results of the hard work from our food science student research interns.


Babcock processes and packages milk into half-pint, pint and half-gallon plastic bottles. Our milk is fresh, local (some from the campus farm), and rBGH free. The milk filling machines are operated primarily by our trained production intern students with the guidance of a full-time employee.


Learn how we make ice cream, cheese, and milk on a guided presentation from our second-story observation deck that overlooks the dairy plant.

Learn more about our guided observations!


Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Badger Home Football Game Day hours vary depending on game time.


There are five metered stalls out front of Babcock Hall Dairy Store with a maximum visit time of 25 minutes.

If these are full or you plan to visit longer, Lot 36 on Observatory Drive  is a ramp with longer parking available.

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