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peperoni, students from Bucky's Butchery photo courtesy UWMadisonCALS
lambs at arlington, photo courtesy UWMadisonCALS
CALS day for kids, photo courtesy UWMadisonCALS
Dan Schaefer advising incoming freshman, photo courtesy UWMadisonCALS


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


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


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Ron Russell, Bernie O'Rourke Fund to support WI Youth Livestock Program Established

We are pleased to announce the establishment of a fund to support programs and events in the Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program which includes youth projects in beef, sheep, swine and meat goats. Donations can be made to this fund online using the secure UW Foundation web site (using the fund #112560001). If you need help, please contact Kate Bahr at the UW Foundation (kate.bahr@supportuw.org, 308-5120).
Thanks for your continuing support!

Dean Kate VandenBosch, Tom Crenshaw, Mark Cook, Jeff Sindelar, Dan Schaefer (dept chair) Bernie O'Rourke AnSci Faculty and Staff Recognized by CALS

Three faculty and an academic staff member were chosen to receive the 2016 CALS Awards. Bernie O'Rourke, the Extension Youth Livestock Specialist, was presented with the CALS Academic Staff Award for Excellence in Leadership for developing and delivering the WI youth livestock program. Tom Crenshaw was awarded the Arthur J. Maurer Extra Mile Award for his compassion and professionalism when advising the WI chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho. Jeff Sindelar was presented the CALS Pound Extension Award for his programming as a Meats Extension Specialist. Mark Cook received the Robert G.F. and Hazel T. Spitze Land Grant Faculty Award for Excellence for exemplifying the ideals of the mission of a land grant university, making outstanding contributions in teaching, research and outreach for the past thirty-three years. Congratultions to all this year's recipients.
picture L to R: Dean Kate VandenBosch, Tom Crenshaw, Mark Cook, Jeff Sindelar, Dan Schaefer (dept chair) Bernie O'Rourke

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.