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Madison, WI 53706 USA

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collage of the animals, research and teaching at the Department of Animal Sciences, UW Madison

The mission of the Department of Animal Sciences is to generate new knowledge in the humane use of animals for the production of safe food, fiber and recreation. This knowledge is integrated with existing facts and theories in an instructional program for undergraduate, graduate and Extension audiences in a manner that builds human capital, fosters economic viability and improves the quality of life and the environment for our state, national and international clientele. Our expertise is shared with other faculty and programs in the University of Wisconsin.

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National champion ewe, res champ ram

UW-SHEEP AT NATIONAL POLYPAY SHOW

The UW Sheep program had a successful outing at the National Polypay Show and Sale, Midwest Stud Ram Sale (Sedalia, MO; June 23-28).
Overall highlights:
Fall Ram lambs: 1st (res champ) and 3rd
Spring Ram lamb, 3rd
Brood Ewe, 1st
Yearling ewe, 1st
Fall Ewe lambs, 1st (champ) and 4th. This was the largest and deepest class of the day, 11 head.
Early Spring Ewe lambs, 2nd and 4th
Late Spring ewe lambs, 4th

Nantawat Tatiyaborworntham

Nantawat Tatiyaborworntham, PhD candidate in our An Sci Dept, took 2nd place in the PhD graduate student research competition at the National RMC (Reciprocal Meats Conference) meeting last week in Madison. Nantawat's research poster was "Effects of Phospholipase A2 on Lipid Oxidation in Pork, Poultry, and Fish".

Nantawat is a graduate student with Dr Mark Richards at the Meat Science & Muscle Biology laboratory.

Congratulations Nantawat!

Reciprocal meat conference 2014

MEAT SCIENTISTS IN MADISON

UW-Madison and Oscar Mayer/Kraft Foods hosted the international conference June 14 - 18, which brings together the commercial, academic and governmental segments of the industry. This year’s event celebrates the 50th anniversary of AMSA, which was founded at UW-Madison. The event has not been held here for more than 50 years.

Zoey Brooks 2014 Alice in Dairyland

CONGRATULATIONS ZOEY, OUR NEW ALICE!

Zoey Brooks, a recent graduate from Animal Sciences was selected as Alice in Dairyland 2014. Zoey grew up on the family dairy and grain farm in Waupauca. She serves as Dane County Farm Bureau's Ag in the Classroom coordinator and as a director for her collegiate Farm Bureau. She has also held internships with the Food Export Association of the Midwest and with UW-Extension (with Liv Sandburg). Zoey begins her duties on June 2.

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2014 CALS award winners

Associate Dean Richard Straub, Derald Stronach, John Kemper, Kim Trumble, Dawn Irish, Ron Russell, John Parrish, Bob Nusbaum, Terry Jobsis (right)

2014 CALS AWARDS

Animal Sciences Faculty and Staff were rewarded for their hard work,initiative and leadership.Congratulations to the recipients and all in the department!

Classified Staff: Dawn Irish, John Kemper, Derald Stronach and Kim Trumble

Academic Staff Award for Excellence in Leadership - Terry Jobsis

Excellence in International Activities Award - JohnParrish

Spitzer Excellence in Teaching - Ron Russell

J.S.Donald Short Course Teaching Award - Bob Nusbaum

ARTHUR B CHAPMAN

Arthur B Chapman (1908-2004)

2014 ARTHUR B CHAPMAN LECTURES IN ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS

Professor Jerry Taylor, University of MO will present two lectures that are open to the public

Tuesday April 29, 12:05 236 Animal Sciences "Genome Re-sequencing to Identify Loss of Function Variants Underlying Disease, Fertility, Inbreeding Depression and Heterosis"

Wednesday, April 30 8:50 am, 212 Animal Sciences "The Future of Genomic Selection in Animal Agriculture"

 

dale perez

PEREZ TAKES 1st IN MANNRS POSTER COMPETITION

Dale Perez presented the poster in the graduate student division at The National Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS)-29th Annual Career Fair and Training Conference. The conference took place in Birmingham, Alabama from March 27th-29th. The title of the poster was "Characterizing Avian Erythrocytes and Their Effect on Lipid Oxidation in Washed Muscle"

Dale is a research assistant with Dr Mark Richards in the Meat Science and Muscle Biology Lab

Madisen Potratz and Cathy Buege at Buege Scholarship presentation

2014 BUEGE MEAT SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIPS

On Saturday, April 5, 2014, two outstanding students were awarded the Dennis R. Buege Meat Science Scholarship at the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processor’s Spring Convention banquet.  Madisen Potratz and Adam Bartling each will receive a $1000 scholarship.

full article

 

Marion Greaser

MEAT INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME 2014 INDUCTEES

Two individuals with outstanding lifetime contributions to the meat business are set to be inducted into the Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame at a May 1 recognition ceremony. They include Bernard J. Peck, a Milwaukee philanthropist who headed one of the nation’s larger privately held meat processing companies, and Marion L. Greaser, a UW-Madison professor who taught and did pathfinding research on meat and muscle proteins.

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MOBIL GAMING APP IMPROVES STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

WeBIRD (Wisconsin Electronic Bird Identification Resource Database) an app developed by Professor Mark Berres, allows anyone with a smartphone and a mysterious bird nearby to receive a positive ID on the species of bird tweeting away within earshot. Working with MLI, Berres added game mechanics to motivate students to learn to identify birds and to study what motivates students to learn.

student with piglet

SRTC UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE

The Swine Research and Teaching Center has updated their website thanks to the hard work of Dr Tom Crenshaw and student Devon Brugger.

The SRTC provides integral support for research, teaching and extension programs.  This facility is dedicated to promoting a progressive swine industry in Wisconsin and the Midwest. 

Andy Milkowski photo from 2010 spring Grow magazine

AMIF SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO MILKOWSKI

UW Adjunct Professor of Meat Science Andrew Milkowski, Ph.D., today received the American Meat Institute (AMI) Foundation Scientific Achievement Award at the International Production & Processing Expo, in Atlanta, Georgia.

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DANIEL GIANOLA

GIANOLA ELECTED TO FRENCH ACADEMY OF AG

Daniel Gianola, Professor of Animal Sciences, was elected Member of the French Academy of Agriculture as a Foreign Member. The Academie Francaise d’Agriculture was initiated by King Louis XV in 1761 and has about 360 members, out of which 60 are from countries outside France.

california condor

“Challenges of Recovering One of Our Country’s Most Endangered Birds: The California Condor"

Nov 7, 2013

Enhanced webcast

UW madison

2013-14 CALS VISIT DAYS

The visit days are December 6, January 24, and March 10

For more information visit: http://www.cals.wisc.edu/students/admissions/visit-us/

grilling meats

BUCKY'S BUTCHERY HOLIDAY HOURS

Bucy's Butchery will be open from 11am-1pm this Wednesday (7/3), and closed on Friday (7/5).

Plan ahead to get your Holiday grill meats!

Jan Rapacz

IN MEMORIAM: JAN RAPACZ

Dr. Jan Rapacz, Professor Emeritus of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin, passed away May 5th. 2013 in Krakow, Poland at the age of 84. In 1970 joined the faculty as an Associate Professor of Genetics, joint between the Department of Genetics and Department of Meat & Animal Sciences. He was promoted to full Professor in 1978, and headed the Immunogenetics Program until his retirement in 1998.

full obituary

Jeff Sindelar

SINDELAR WINS DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

AMSA announced that three young AMSA members are the recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award. The award was established in 1992 and is designed to recognize and foster the development of young AMSA members who have demonstrated significant scientific skills in muscle foods research and technology that contribute to the animal products industry and the AMSA. Dr Sindelar will be honored at a special awards banquet at the AMSA 66th Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in Auburn, AL.
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UW undergrad students with 2013 colt from Cara

STUDENTS EXPERIENCE FOAL DELIVERY

A group of dedicated students spent plenty of barn time making the delivery of the newest AnSci equine a success. The students organized the foal watch with the help of Liv Sandberg, Terry Jobsis and Dr Kay Nelson to ensure the delivery of Cara's foal at 9 pm on April 21.

l to r: Danielle Schuld, Alyssa Daniels, Kari Forseth, Stephanie Winske, Kallie Kiesow, Cara, Marie Kettler, Kelsey Carter, Megan Theisen

Adam Bartling accepting Buege plaque from Dan Schaefer

BARTLING AWARDED 2013 BUEGE MEAT SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP

Adam Bartling was awarded the 2013 Dennis R. Buege Meat Science Scholarship on April 6 at the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processor’s Spring Convention banquet. 

Adam, a native of Waterford, WI, isa Food Science major and is involved with undergraduate research with Dr Jeff Sindelar.
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chicks

COOK LAB WINS WARF INNOVATION AWARD

Mark Cook and Jordan Sand were recognized for their development of a poultry feed additive that controls coccidiosis. The anti-IL-10 antibody would replace the current vaccines regimen with a 50% cost saving.

Full article

yummy pork chops

BUCKEY'S BUTCHERY IN THE NEWS...

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Education section featured Buckey's Butchery in a December 31 article describing how students translate classroom knowledge and hands-on experience to invaluable skills while providing the community with yummy meat products.

link to the story

Bascom Hall, UW-Madisoncampus

VISITING UW-MADISON DEPT AN SCI

Come and visit us if you are interested in UW-Madison and the Animal Science department. Please sign up for the College of Ag and Life Science visit days

The 2012-2013 dates are:
Dec 7, Jan 28, April 5

For more information and to register for a date

Student organizers (L-R) Tom Murphy (grad), Kelly Schroeder(undergrad), Jennifer Babcock, Lija Siltumens

Student organizers of the 5th Badger Production Sale. L-R: Tom Murphy, Animal Sciences Ph.D. Student and Undergraduate Animal Sciences Student Organizers Kelly Schroeder, Jennifer Babcock, and Lija Siltumens.

5th BADGER PRODUCTION SALE

The 5th annual Badger Production Sale was held on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station.  The sale offering of 52 ewe lambs and 6 rams averaged $432 per head, up almost $30 per head above the sale average from 2011.  The sale is organized, run, and staffed by students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an opportunity to learn merchandising skills by marketing sheep from the purebred flocks of the Department of Animal Sciences.   This year’s student organizers, Jennifer Babcock, Kelly Schroeder, and Lija Siltumens, were supervised by Todd Taylor, Manager of the Arlington Sheep Research and Teaching Unit (toddtaylor@wisc.edu); Bernie O’Rourke, Extension Livestock Youth Specialist (borourke2@ansci.wisc.edu); and Dr. Dave Thomas, Professor of Sheep Management and Genetics (dlthomas@wisc.edu).

Full sale results

ram

2012 SPOONER SHEEP DAYS

The 55th Biennial Spooner Sheep Day were held on Saturday, August 18. Spooner Sheep Day has been held annually at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station for 50 years – from 1953 through 2002. We believe that it is the longest running agricultural field day of the several organized each year on the various Agricultural Research Stations of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison. After the 2002 Spooner Sheep Day, the decision was made to hold the event every-other year on even-numbered years. This decision was made so that a Spooner Dairy Sheep Day could be held on odd-numbered years with a program that could be better tailored to the focused issues of the dairy sheep industry. Therefore, there is still a sheep field day at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station every year, and even though the 2012 field day is the 55th Spooner Sheep Day, it is the 60th consecutive sheep field day held at the station, and we hope to host many more.

Proceedings are available at http://fyi.uwex.edu/wisheepandgoat/publications/

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