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 ...


Mark CookAMSA Honors Claus with 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award
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. Dr. Claus will be honored at a special awards banquet at the AMSA 68th Reciprocal Meat Conference on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in Lincoln, NE

Lizzie Kopp and Dan Schaefer at the 2015 WAMP awarded Buege Meat Science ScholarshipLoether named as 68th Alice in Dairyland
Teyanna Loether of Sauk City was chosen last Saturday evening as Wisconsin’s 68th Alice in Dairyland. As Alice, she will work as a communications professional for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Her job will be to educate the public about the importance of agriculture in Wisconsin. Teyanna will graduate this spring with a master’s degree in animal sciences from UW-Madison ('13 BS AnSci), where she is studying reproductive physiology. She grew up on a dairy farm and showed horses, chickens and swine at the Sauk County Fair, where she served as the 2010 Fairest of the Fair. During graduate school, she worked as a teaching assistant and tutor, and earned a Delta Certificate in Research, Teaching and Learning. more

Recent publications:

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 Mar 29. pii: pev085. [Epub ahead of print]

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 Mar 28. [Epub ahead of print]

Coordinated international action to accelerate genome-to-phenome with FAANG, the Functional Annotation of Animal Genomes project. The FAANG Consortium, L Andersson1, AL Archibald, CD Bottema, R Brauning, SC Burgess, DW Burt, E Casas, HH Cheng, L Clarke, C Couldrey, BP Dalrymple11, CG Elsik, S Foissac, E Giuffra, MA Groenen, BJ Hayes, LS Huang, H Khatib, JW Kijas, H Kim, JK Lunney, FM McCarthy, JC McEwan, S Moore, B Nanduri, C Notredame, Y Palti, GS Plastow, JM Reecy, GaA Rohrer, ESarropoulou, CJ Schmidt, JSilverstein, RL Tellam, M Tixier-Boichard, GTosser-Klopp, CK Tuggle3, J Vilkki, SN White, S Zhao and H Zhou. Genome Biology (2015) 16:57

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 Mar 1.

Using multiple regression, Bayesian networks and artificial neural networks for prediction of total egg production in European quails based on earlier expressed phenotypes.Felipe VP, Silva MA, Valente BD, Rosa GJ.Poult Sci. 2015 Feb 22.