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UNL Dairy Store

Beginning next spring, the UNL Dairy Store will shift its storefront to the north side of the building, where it will open out onto Legacy Plaza, the green space hub of East Campus.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Dairy Store is now offering the whole cow.

The 100-year-old store on East Campus, which is known for its ice cream, cheese and other dairy products, added meat to its product offerings last month.

The store began selling ribeye, T-bone, porterhouse, sirloin and tenderloin cuts in November. The meat comes from the Loeffel Meat Laboratory and is processed by students in the university’s animal science department.

“While expanding our product selection is always great, this is really about supporting the university community,” Leroy Braden, Dairy Store manager, said in a news release. "The locally sourced meat is processed entirely by students."

A partnership with the animal science department has been in the works for some time, Braden said. Since the Dairy Store is open daily and sees a consistent amount of traffic, the idea was tossed around to sell meat in addition to ice cream and cheeses. The idea has proven popular.

“We went through the first set of products they brought over pretty quickly,” Braden said in the release.

The Loeffel Meat Laboratory will continue to sell meat from its location in the Animal Science Complex on East Campus from 1-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays.

UNL said addition of meat sales ties in to the Dairy Store’s mission of providing hands-on experience for students in food production and sales.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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