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

Animal Sciences Prospectives in Research (Tuesday 11 am, room 274)

The impact of diet-induced gut microbiota on circadian rhythm and obesity
Vanessa Leone, PhD
Department of Medicine - Gastroenterology
University of Chicago
April 28
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Kourtney Groeschl
Hometown: Crivitz, WI
High School: Crivitz High School
Carrie Issac
Why did you decide on UW Madison and/or the Animal Sciences major?
I decided on becoming an Animal Science major because of the amazingly hands-on classes that are offered freshman through senior year. It's incredible! I also loved how Animal Science is a relatively small major in comparison to others, so it made the transition of coming from a rural town much smoother. The professors and other faculty are extremely friendly, approachable, and always willing to help you.
More from Kourtney ...


John Parrish in Equine repro class. photo by Bryce RichterParrish receives 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award
Animal sciences professor John Parrish is among twelve faculty members chosen to receive UW-Madison 2015 Distinguished Teaching Awards, an honor given out since 1953 to recognize the university’s finest educators.
For more than two decades — from PowerPoint to podcasts to Google Glass — John Parrish has been a leader in using technology to teach the reproductive physiology of livestock. more...

Teyanna LoetherRon Russell awarded Chancellor's Hilldale Award
Ron Russell, senior lecturer in the Department of Animal Sciences, was awarded Chancellor’s Hilldale Award for Excellence in Teaching. Russell’s courses span livestock production from conception through consumption and virtually every aspect in between. His direct approach to science reaches students where they are, whether he’s leading the Meat-Animal Evaluation Team or teaching students who question the use of animals in the provision of food.
Russell’s expertise has led to him becoming a passionate ambassador for his program and the UW System, both on and off the job. He has taught and consulted in Costa Rica, St. Vincent and Russia, covering the full realm of livestock and meat processing. “He’s more than just a teacher,” says Bob Kauffman, emeritus professor of animal sciences. “He’s a wonderful example of a coordinator of organized learning in its finest format.”

Hasan KhatibKhatib lab's leads international animal genome project
In January 2014, a workshop was convened by the Animal Biotechnology Working Group of the EU-US Biotechnology Research Task Force in San Diego, CA, USA. During this workshop, and in subsequent discussions, basic principles were laid out to establish the FAANG (the Functional Annotation of Animal Genomes) Consortium and to outline plans for a FAANG project to produce comprehensive maps of functional elements in the genomes of domesticated animal species. link to paper

NEW Fall 2015 Course!
Pic from Drovers CattleNetwork 12/15/13 Angus cattle at feedbunkINTRODUCTION TO AQUACULTURE
Fish farming is the fastest growing sector of animal agriculture. Over half of the world’s food fish are now farm raised, and over 200 species are commercially produced. The focus of this introductory, 2-credit course will be to teach students key concepts of fish aquaculture, with an emphasis on freshwater species.
Animal Sciences 375-002 (2 Credits)
3:30 – 4:20 pm MW
209 Animal Sciences
Instructor: Terence P. Barry

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 projectThe 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.