Our mission is to foster scientific discoveries in animal agriculture and biology, inspire original thinking and the art of discovery through innovative education and service, therby enriching the lives of students, scientists, and society.

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


Meat Lab Matching Opportunity

eCALS info on Meat Lab

The new 68,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art Meat Lab is moving forward on time and on budget!

In other exciting news, one of our wonderful industry partners, Jones Dairy Farm, recently made a leadership level gift to serve as a matching grant. They will match each dollar raised in the first quarter of 2018. Act quickly because the match only runs through March 31. The bonus is that your name will be listed on the donor wall at the level of your gift plus the Jones match. Individuals will be recognized at any level of giving. (Companies will be recognized at a gift of $5,000+.)

For more information, please contact Megan Jordan, UW Development Specialist, at megan.jordan@supportuw.org or (608) 308-5187.

Make your gift today!

Kean answers age-old question...


Blue Sky Science: Why do chickens lay differenct colored eggs?
When a Madison elementary school student posed the question “Why do chickens lay different-colored eggs?,” the Blue Sky Science team turned to CALS animal science’s and UW Extension’s Ron Kean for the answer. Watch Kean’s response on the Blue Sky Science website.

Thomas to receive Camptender Award

Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas will receive the “Camptender Award” from the American Sheep Industry Association at the organization’s annual convention in San Antonio, Texas on Feb. 2, 2018. “The Camptender Award recognizes industry contributions from a professional in a position or field related to sheep production. The recipient shows a strong commitment and a significant contribution to the sheep industry, its organizations, and its producers above and beyond what is called for in his/her professional capacity. The recipient is well respected in his/her field by peers and sheep producers”. Dave was nominated by the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative.

New Room Scheduling Calendar

booked calendar

The room reservation system has changed to Booked. Making Stock Pavilion reservations will remain the same although you will need to use the new system to view current reservations. Please contact Contact Kathy Monson for more information

Recent publications:

Integrative analysis of methylomic and transcriptomic data in fetal sheep muscle tissues in response to maternal diet during pregnancy. Namous H, Peñagaricano F, Del Corvo M, Capra E, Thomas DL, Stella A, Williams JL, Marsan PA,Khatib H BMC Genomics 2018, 19:123 | Published on: 6 February 2018

Effect of Caloric Restriction on Metabolic Dysfunction of Young Rapacz Familial Hypercholesterolemic Swine (Sus scrofa). Bekiares NA, Chen AS, Shanmuganayagam D, Meyers AD, Crenshaw TD, Krueger CG, Reed JD.Comp Med. 2017 Dec 1;67(6):508-517.

T and B cell activation profiles from cows with and without Johne's disease in response to in vitro stimulation with Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis. Frie MC, Sporer KRB, Kirkpatrick BW, Coussens PM. Vet Immunol Immunopathol. 2017 Dec;193-194:50-56.

The effect of applying a rinse and chill procedure to lamb carcases immediately post-death on meat quality? Fowler SM, Claus JM, Hopkins DL.Meat Sci. 2017 Dec;134:124-127.

Genome-wide association and pathway-based analysis using latent variables related to milk protein composition and cheesemaking traits in dairy cattle. Dadousis C, Pegolo S, Rosa GJM, Bittante G, Cecchinato A. J Dairy Sci. 2017 Nov;100(11):9085-9102.

Systematic review of emerging and innovative technologies for meat tenderisation. Warner RD, McDonnell CK, Bekhit AED, Claus J, Vaskoska R, Sikes A, Dunshea FR, Ha M. Meat Sci. 2017 Oct;132:72-89.

Chemicals released by predation increase the growth rate of yellow perch, Perca flavescens. Barry TP, Dehnert GK, Hoppe PD, Sorensen PW. Journal of Fish Biology. October 2017.

Effects of Nitrite and Erythorbate on Clostridium perfingens Growth during Extended Cooling of Cured Ham. Osterbauer KJ, King AM, Seman DL, Milkowski AL, Glass KA, Sindelar JJ. Journal of Food Protection 80:1697-1704. September 2017.

Trio, a novel high fecundity allele: I. Transcriptome analysis of granulosa cells from carriers and non-carriers of a major gene for bovine ovulation rate. Kamalludin MH, Guerra AG, Wiltbank M, Kirkpatrick BW. Biol Reprod. 2017 Oct 27

Ovulation rate, antral follicle count, and circulating anti-Müllerian hormone in Trio allele carriers, a novel high fecundity bovine genotype. García-Guerra A, Motta JCL, Melo LF, Kirkpatrick BW, Wiltbank MC. Theriogenology. 2017 Oct 1;101:81-90.

Applying Family Analyses to Electronic Health Records to Facilitate Genetic Research. Huang X, Elston RC, Rosa GJ, Mayer J, Ye Z, Kitchner T, Brilliant MH, Page D, Hebbring SJ. Bioinformatics. 2017 Sep 14.