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!
More from Abby ...


Lizzy KoppUndergraduate Kopp wins 2015 MISA Scholarship
Elizabeth “Lizzy” has been awarded a MISA Foundation Scholarship (Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance) for 2015. Scholarship recipients were selected on the basis of the following criteria: academic performance, commitment to a career in the meat industry or engineering field as well as potential for success. Lizzy is a Food Science major starting her fourth year at UW-Madison. While maintaining academic excellence, Lizzy has also gained valuable experience through two internships - Gilbert’s Craft Sausage and ConAgra (Slim Jim product line). In addition, she is interning at Kraft Foods in their Oscar Mayer plant this summer. Lizzy has been involved with the UW Meat lab and Bucky's Butchery since arriving at UW as a freshman. She has assisted with everything from animal harvest through meat processing. Lizzy was promoted to a processing superintendent in support of the meat lab operation. Through her effort she has developed four new products sold through the store. Lizzy plans on attending graduate school to pursue her passion for meat science and intends to seek a career path in product development in the meat industry.

Dick and Virgene VatthauerSpecial Thanks to Dick & Virgene Vatthauer for their support of Animal Sciences Extension
Dr Richard J Vatthauer joined the Department of Meat and Animal Science in 1968 as an assistant professor - Livestock Extension Specialist. Dr Vatthauer initiated the state's beef cattle industry to form the WI Cattlemen's Association and helped implement the WI Beef Council and annual WI Cattle Industry Convention and Conference. He also organized the WI Sheep Industry Conference with the WI Sheep Breeders Cooperative. After serving as the superintendent at UMn West Cental Agricultural Experiment Station, Dr Vatthauer returned to the UW in 1991 as State Program Leader for Agriculture & Agribusiness Programs in UWEX-Cooperative Extension Service. He ended his career where he began, as a Livestock Extension Specialist in the Dept. We want to thank Dr Vatthauer for his many contributions to the beef cattle and sheep industries over the 32 years and his continuing support of the department.

Mark CookAMSA Honors Claus and Sindelar
The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) has announced that Dr. Jim Claus, Professor and Director of the Meat Science and Muscle Biology Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award. The award was established to recognize excellence in the teaching of undergraduate and graduate meat science courses and the impact on the lives of those students in a highly positive manner. The award is sponsored by Kraft Foods Group Inc./Oscar Mayer, Madison, Wisconsin.

Jeff SindelarThe AMSA has also announced that Dr. Jeff Sindelar, Associate Professor/Extension Meat Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Extension-Industry Service Award.  The award was established in 1965 to recognize outstanding achievement in meat science extension and service to the industry and is sponsored by the North American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF).

Drs. Claus & Sindelar will be honored at a special awards banquet at the AMSA 68th Reciprocal Meat Conference on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in Lincoln, NE

Recent publications:

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

Assessment of bagging GBLUP for whole-genome prediction of broiler chicken traits. Abdollahi-Arpanahi R, Morota G, Valente BD, Kranis A, Rosa GJ, Gianola D. J Anim Breed Genet. 2015 Jun;132(3):218-28.

Patterns of circulating serotonin and related metabolites in multiparous dairy cows in the peripartum period. Moore SA, Laporta J, Crenshaw TD, Hernandez LL. J Dairy Sci. 2015 Jun;98(6):3754-65.

Oral peptide specific egg antibody to intestinal sodium-dependent phosphate co-transporter-2b is effective at altering phosphate transport in vitro and in vivo. Bobeck EA, Hellestad EM, Sand JM, Piccione ML, Bishop JW, Helvig C, Petkovich M, Cook ME. Poult Sci. 2015 Jun 1;94(6):1128-37.

Methods to determine effects of cranberry proanthocyanidins on extraintestinal infections: Relevance for urinary tract health. Feliciano RP, Krueger CG, Reed JD. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2015 Apr 27