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News... Indianhead Sheep Breeders Association

UW Faculty and Staff present at Sheep conference

“Finding the Profit in Your Flock” is the theme of the 2016 Indianhead Sheep Breeders Association (ISBA) annual Shepherds’ Clinic and Trade Show. This year’s event will be held Saturday, February 6th at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Burton Pfliger, President of the American Sheep Industry (ASI) will deliver the keynote presentation. Among the other presenters at the 2016 Shepherds’ Clinic and Trade Show will be Alan Culham, Project Coordinator with ASI’s “Grow Our Flock” program, Cindy Wolf, DVM and assistant professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota, Deb Jones, owner of The Fiber Garden, Dan Undersander University of Wisconsin forage specialist, and Dave Thomas, UW-Madison, Department of Animal Science
The 2016 Youth Clinic will feature Bernie O’Rrouke the Extension Youth Livestock Specialist at the University of Wisconsin Extension along with students from the Animal Science program at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
For more information about the 2016 Shepherds’ Clinic and Trade Show contact the Barron County UW-Extension Office at 715-537-6250. Registration information and program details are available at the ISBA website: https:/indianheadsheep.wordpress.com.

spooner sheep photo from UW CALS UW-Madison hosts IFFA Quality Competition

The University of Wisconsin-Madison campus will host a satellite contest of the IFFA Quality Competition, a large international meat judging event held every three years in Frankfurt, Germany.
At the contest, around 300 sausage and ham products from Wisconsin and around the nation will be judged against a “gold standard” by members of the German Butchers Association (GBA). These same judges will then preside over the main IFFA Quality Competition, which will be held in May.
Discovery Building 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day. The public are welcome to attend an opening ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11 and to spend time observing the judging process.

spooner sheep photo from UW CALS UW-Madison to discontinue dairy sheep program

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison plans to close its dairy sheep research program housed at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station later this year. Research on the flock will continue through this milking season, before the sheep are dispersed in the fall.
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Youth Livestock Extension Announces 2016 Webinars steers in corn

So You Want To Start a Knowledge Team scheduled for Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 7-8 pm. This program is to engage volunteers, leaders and Extension staff on how to start and coach knowledge based team opportunities offered in through 4-H and FFA programs.
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Livestock Learning Webinar Series
This series is best suited for older youth to gain animal project & issue based information. Attendees will gain ideas about project based leadership and career goals with the species of Beef, Sheep, Swine and Meat Goats in mind. All families are encouraged and invited to attend. You can participate in these webinars from your home using a computer and your phone or at your local extension office, if your local Extension office plans to host. Sessions are scheduled to run from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM:
• Jan. 28 (register by Jan. 26) – Beef
• Feb. 25 (register by Feb. 23) – Sheep
• March 31 (register by March 29) – Swine
• April 28 (register by April 26) – Meat Goats
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Milt Sunde RememberedMilt Sunde

Milton Lester Sunde died peacefully on Friday, October 2, 2015, after a long and prosperous life. He was a South Dakota farmboy, a World War II veteran, a UW Poultry Science professor, a family man, and proud of his Norwegian heritage.
Milt joined the UW Department of Poultry Husbandry in 1947, received an MS in Poultry and Biochemistry in 1949, and a PhD in Poultry in 1950. He was appointed as an Instructor in 1949, rising to Professor in 1957, and served as Department Chair for 15 years.
Milt will be remembered for his contagious joy, quick wit and great story telling.

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Recent publications:

Using the variability of linkage disequilibrium between subpopulations to infer sweeps and epistatic selection in a diverse panel of chickens. Beissinger TM, Gholami M, Erbe M, Weigend S, Weigend A, de Leon N, Gianola D, Simianer H. Heredity (Edinb). 2015 Sep 9. doi: 10.1038/hdy.2015.81. [Epub ahead of print]

Exploring causal networks underlying fat deposition and muscularity in pigs through the integration of phenotypic, genotypic and transcriptomic data.Peñagaricano F, Valente BD, Steibel JP, Bates RO, Ernst CW, Khatib H, Rosa GJ. BMC Syst Biol. 2015 Sep 16;9(1):58.

Using the variability of linkage disequilibrium between subpopulations to infer sweeps and epistatic selection in a diverse panel of chickens.Beissinger TM, Gholami M, Erbe M, Weigend S, Weigend A, de Leon N, Gianola D, Simianer H. Heredity (Edinb). 2015 Sep 9. doi: 10.1038/hdy.2015.81.