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 ...


Award winning sausageBucky's Butchery Wins American Cured Meats Championship award
Have you tried our award-winning Sweet & Spicy Smoked Sausage? Students Lizzy Kopp and Madi Potratz from the Bucky's Butchery Research & Development team recently submitted this original recipe to the American Cured Meats Championship held at the American Association of Meat Processors Convention June 18-20 in Springfield, IL. Not only did the students have fun making the sausage, but they also learned a great deal about the importance of manufacturing quality products. It certainly paid off! This newly appointed University Class in the ACMC judging allows our students to connect with other colleges all over the United States, and it gives us incentive to keep coming up with new product ideas! Congrats to Bucky's Butchery! The second place team, University of Minnesota, was led by Megan Nelson. Nelson is a recent Animal Science undergraduate from UW who is now pursuing a Masters in Meat Science at U of M.

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.

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