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plate of meat Meat Science Building Ceremony

Friday, October 14, 2016 was a day of great celebration for the new UW Meat Science Building project. This banquet was a unique take on the traditional groundbreaking ceremony. In lieu of hard hats and gold-plated shovels, attendees wore hairnets and received stainless steel salt scoops. Rather than a traditional groundbreaking ceremony, this milestone was commemorated with a formal ham salting.

UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences Dean Kate VandenBosch, Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture Ben Brancel, alumnus Christopher Salm, and Extension Meat Specialist Jeff Sindelar all spoke about connections between the university and the state’s $27 billion meat industry. The menu featured products from Bucky’s Butchery, including summer sausage, beef snack sticks, braunschweiger, pepperoni, BBQ beef brisket and Bavarian-style bratwurst.

plate of meat Dairy Sheep Dispersal

It was very sad to see 80 years of sheep research and outreach come to an end with the dispersal of the dairy sheep flock at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) on October 13, 2016. However, the strong buyer competition for the sheep was an indication that the dairy sheep developed by the UW-Madison program were well thought of by sheep dairies across the country. The successful online auction was conducted by Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association of Baraboo, WI, which allowed over 70 potential buyers to participate from throughout the U.S. without leaving their homes. All but two of the sheep offered for sale had an estimated breeding value for milk yield, and it was obvious from the prices paid that buyers were paying close attention to these estimates of genetic value. A total of 338 sheep were sold in 62 lots with a sale average of $517/head. Thanks to all those who participated. More results

plate of meat Bucky's Butchery Featured in video

Do you prefer local foods? You can't get much more local than Bucky’s Butchery, a retail store and processing plant operated on campus by a team of UW-Madison students. All of the meat sold is produced here, as this "Forward Motion" video documents. The employees feel it's important that customers know how their meat was raised and where it's coming from. They gain extensive knowledge of many facets of the meat industry, as well as experience with customer interaction, marketing and product sales.

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left are: Tom Cadwallader, former Spooner station assistant superintendent and shepherd, and emeritus professor;UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean Kate VandenBosch; Yves Berger, former Spooner Station superintendent and emeritus dairy-sheep researcher; Bob Rand, former Spooner Station superintendent; Dick Vatthauer, emeritus animal-science professor, UW-Madison; Woody Lane, former sheep UW-Extension specialist, now owner of Lane Livestock Services of Roseburg, Oregon; Alexa Roscizewki, summer sheep intern at the Spooner station and UW-Madison senior; and Dave Thomas, UW-Madison professor
of Sheep Management and Genetics, who will retire in early 2017 Spooner Sheep Day ends after 64 years

Contributors to the University of Wisconsin's sheep-research and outreach efforts at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station, Spooner, Wisconsin, bid farewell Aug. 28 to that program at the final Spooner Sheep Day. From left are: Tom Cadwallader, former Spooner station assistant superintendent and shepherd, and emeritus professor; University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean Kate VandenBosch; Yves Berger, former Spooner Station superintendent and emeritus dairy-sheep researcher; Bob Rand, former Spooner Station superintendent; Dick Vatthauer, emeritus animal-science professor, UW-Madison; Woody Lane, former sheep UW-Extension specialist, now owner of Lane Livestock Services of Roseburg, Oregon; Alexa Roscizewki, summer sheep intern at the Spooner station and UW-Madison senior; and Dave Thomas, UW-Madison professor of Sheep Management and Genetics, who will retire in early 2017.
The Spooner station will be selling its dairy-sheep flock of about 230 mature ewes and 160 ewe lambs, as well as far lesser numbers of ram lambs and mature rams, in an online auction. The flock has represented the only university-operated sheep dairy in the United States.
The Wisconsin sheep and lamb inventory in Wisconsin (1/1/16) totaled 76,000 head, the lowest inventory since 1920 according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service report.

Jie Yin wins 1st in Poster competition at 62nd International Congress of Meat Science and Technology Jie Yin wins Poster competition at 62nd ICoMST

Dr Jie Yin, post doc with Dr Mark Richards, was awarded 1st place for his poster "Crystallization of quinone adducted to turkey hemoglobin and its role in inhibiting lipid oxidation" prestented at the 62nd International Congress of Meat Science and Technology in Bangkok, Thailand

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Tom Crenshaw and Guilherme Rosa get awards Crenshaw and Rosa Recognized by ASAS

Dr. Thomas D. Crenshaw was named the recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Gary L. Cromwell Award for Research in Mineral Nutrition by the ASAS during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was selected in part for his research in mineral nutrition related to skeletal growth. The award recognizes excellence in research dealing with mineral nutrition of livestock.Full article

Dr. Guilherme J. M. Rosa was named the recipient of the 2016 ASAS Rockefeller Prentice Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was selected in part for his basic research in the areas of experimental design, statistical modeling, and data mining techniques applied to animal breeding and quantitative genetics/genomics. The award is designed to stimulate research excellence in breeding and genetics. Full article

Summer 2016 UW Meats Newsletter Fall 2016 MEAT SCIENCE NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED

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Recent publications:

Dietary nitrate and nitrite: Benefits, risks, and evolving perceptions. Bedale W, Sindelar JJ, Milkowski AL. Meat Sci. 2016 Oct;120:85-92

Maternal dietary vitamin D carry-over alters offspring growth, skeletal mineralisation and tissue mRNA expressions of genes related to vitamin D, calcium and phosphorus homoeostasis in swine. Amundson LA, Hernandez LL, Laporta J, Crenshaw TD. Br J Nutr. 2016 Sep;116(5):774-87. Epub 2016 Aug 2.

Host-targeted approaches to managing animal health: old problems and new tools. Cook ME, Bütz DE, Yang M, Sand JM. Domest Anim Endocrinol. 2016 Jul;56 Suppl:S11-22.

Low Dietary c9t11-Conjugated Linoleic Acid Intake from Dairy Fat or Supplements Reduces Inflammation in Collagen-Induced Arthritis. Huebner SM, Olson JM, Campbell JP, Bishop JW, Crump PM, Cook ME. Lipids. 2016 Jul;51(7):807-19.

Antibody to fibroblast growth factor 23-peptide reduces excreta phosphorus of laying hens. Ren Z, Ebrahimi M, Bütz DE, Sand JM, Zhang K, Cook ME. Poult Sci. 2016 Jun 10.

A Major Gene for Bovine Ovulation Rate. Kirkpatrick BW, Morris CA. PLoS One. 2015 Jun 5;10(6):e0129025.

Estimation of genetic parameters for longevity considering the cow's age at last calving. Caetano SL, Rosa GJ, Savegnago RP, Ramos SB, Bernardes PA, Bezerra LA, Lôbo RB, de Paz CC, Munari DP. J Appl Genet. 2016 Jun 4. [Epub ahead of print]

Non-covalent pomegranate (Punica granatum) hydrolyzable tannin-protein complexes modulate antigen uptake, processing and presentation by a T-cell hybridoma line co-cultured with murine peritoneal macrophages. Madrigal-Carballo S, Haas L, Vestling M, Krueger CG, Reed JD. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2016 Jul 12:1-9.