Leading Animal Sciences Beyond

the 21st Century

Our mission is to lead and foster scientific discoveries in animal agriculture and biology, inspire original thinking and the art of discovery through innovative education and service, thereby 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

Student Spotlight

Abby Ball
Hometown: East Troy, WI
High School: Waterford Union High School
UW Involvement: Babcock House, Saddle and Sirloin Club
Carrie Issac
Why did you decide on UW Madison and/or the Animal Sciences major?
I chose to major in Animal Science because I felt it was the best way to prepare for a career in veterinary medicine. Most of my experience is dairy-related, so I also wanted to get experience with meat animal livestock species.
What is your favorite UW moment?
My favorite UW-Madison moment was the snow day during finals week of the fall 2012 semester. As a member of Babcock House, we made a list of winter activities to complete that day, and I also had my last 2 finals canceled!
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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. He was the faculty advisor for 74 MS and PhD degrees, and once noted that he had at least one of his former graduate students serving as a faculty member in every US poultry department along the Atlantic Ocean. Amongst awards and positions, he served as President of the US Poultry Science Association and President of the World's Poultry Association. He had research and teaching sabbatical in Colombia, India, Mexico and Nigeria, including 6 months with his entire family in Bogota Colombia in 1960.
Milt will be remembered for his contagious joy, quick wit and great story telling.

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Badger Production Sale Sunday 9/27Award winning sausage

This sale featured the University of Wisconsin-Madison Sheep Program and provided an educational opportunity to Animal Sciences students to work with university staff through all aspects of the sale preparation.
> The 65 head averaged $439, which was slightly ahead of the 2014 sale average and the highest average in the history of the sale. The Polypay, Hampshire, and Targhee flocks are enrolled in the National Sheep Improvement Program, and sheep in the sale sold in order of their Estimated Breeding Values and Indexes for economically important traits. Press release www.badgerproductionsale.com
Animal Sciences students who assisted with the sale. L to R: Rebecca Krueger, Ellen Schneider, Paula Campbell, Beth Miller, Emily Petzel, Colleen Hjortness, and Clint Dallas.

CALS recognizes Benevenga with Distinguished Service AwardNJ Benevenga
On Thursday, November 12, the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) will present its Distinguished Service Award to Norlin “Ben” Benevenga.
This is one of the highest honors bestowed by the college. The Distinguished Service Award, first presented in 1994, recognizes meritorious service by CALS faculty and staff members.
The awards will be presented at the CALS Honorary Recognition Banquet on the evening of Nov. 12 in the Varsity Room of Union South, 1308 W. Dayton Street, Madison. For more information and to register for the event, visit www.cals.wisc.edu/honorary/.

A reception will be held in the Animal Sciences Lobby at 4pm. Thanks for all you do Ben!

Recent publications:

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

mRNA fragments in in vitro culture media are associated with bovine preimplantation embryonic development.Kropp J, Khatib H.Front Genet. 2015 Aug 24;6:273.

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.

A GWAS assessment of the contribution of genomic imprinting to the variation of body mass index in mice. Hu Y, Rosa GJ, Gianola D.BMC Genomics. 2015 Aug 5;16:576.

Plasma diacylglycerol composition is a biomarker of metabolic syndrome onset in rhesus monkeys. Polewski MA, Burhans MS, Zhao M, Colman RJ, Shanmuganayagam D, Lindstrom MJ, Ntambi JM, Anderson RM. J Lipid Res. 2015 Aug;56(8):1461-70.

MUC16 (CA125): tumor biomarker to cancer therapy, a work in progress. Felder M, Kapur A, Gonzalez-Bosquet J, Horibata S, Heintz J, Albrecht R, Fass L, Kaur J, Hu K, Shojaei H, Whelan RJ, Patankar MS. Mol Cancer. 2014 May 29;13:129. doi: 10.1186/1476-4598-13-129. Review.