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Summer is over.
The students are arriving. There is a palpable energy at the University. We look forward to meeting our new students and hope that old friends stay in touch.
Go Badgers!
Robert Kauffman
2017 CALS Distinguished Service Award
Dr Robert Kauffman will be presented the Distinguished Service Award for meritorious service at the CALS Honorary Recognition Banquet on Thursday, Oct. 19 at Union South, located at 1308 W. Dayton Street in Madison. For more information and to register for the event, visit
Congratulations Dr Kauffman!
Progress being made on the Meat Science Building!
UW-Meat Science building becoming a reality!  Click on the photo to see more construction  photos!
Photo by Alissa Grenawalt
Upcoming Events
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10th Annual Badger Production Sale
Saturday, September 23,2017
Public Events Facility, Arlington Ag Research Station
Arlington, WI
Student News
Spring 2017

BS: A Borkowski, C Brown, L Carlson, C Cole, A Daniels, D Dettmann, C Isaac, M Jass, K Klein, L Langusch, M Lee, T Marcone, K Neuhold, A Wiktoria Niewiadomski, K Sailer, H Schwarzbach, D Shinsako, A Van Haren, M Viegut, D Walker, J Wigand, A Zhang
MS: Chris Sawyer (Claus)
PhD: Christine Nieman (Schaefer)

Buege Meat Sciences Scholarship
Three UW-Madison undergraduate students received the Dennis R. Buege Meat Science Scholarship award at the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors annual convention: Bios
(above, r-l) Vanessa Soendjaja (Food Science), Charles Connolly (Microbiology) and Kory Anderson (Food Science).
Kimberley Law(AS) was awarded the Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship on May 1, 2017. Her research proposal is “Identification and Characterization of Pivotal PUF Proteins in C. Elegans Stem Cells” under the supervision of Dr. Judith Kimble
Student Club Roundup
Academic Quadrathalon Team

On March 11- 13, four undergraduates represented the UW at the Midwest Academic Quadrathlon Contest sponsored by the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS). There were 15 schools competing at the national event.

National Block and Bridle Convention, Washington, DC
On March 31- April 2. Six Saddle & Sirloin members attended the National Block & Bridle Convention in Washington DC.  
L-R Bailey Fritch, Shannon Palmer, Drew Dettmann, Sharla Boehlke, Christina Rowntree, & Shelia Terarik

Recent Events:

  • Saddle & Sirloin Awards Banquet, April 27
  • Badger Lamb Bonanza, Arlington Public Events bldg, April 30, Clint Dallas chair
  • 98th  annual Little International Horse Show, Alliant Energy Center, May 6,  Shannon Palmer chair
  • Bucky Spectacular Pig Show, Lodi Fair grounds, May 14 – Bailey Fritch chair (left)
Meat Animal Evaluation Team
L to R:  Coach Ron Russell, Erica Thomas, Megan Jass, Clint Dallas, Bo Wilkinson, Madeline Viegut, Alexa Roscizewski
Congratulations to the UW Madison Meat Animal Evaluation team who competed at the National Meat Animal Evaluation contest held in April at Kansas State University. It was a marathon contest with 4 parts: students estimated muscle, fat and quality factors on market cattle, sheep and swine; evaluated breeding animals of beef, sheep and swine; judged meat cuts & carcasses, and did a team presentation on the Veterinary Feed Directive.

2017 International Poultry and Processing Expo, Atlanta, GA:
By Mitchell Ramuta 

In the beginning of February, the UW-Madison Poultry Club had the great opportunity to travel to Atlanta to attend the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE). The trip was an amazing experience that helped us make lasting connections with employers, and students from around the country. Being a part of the College Student Career Program allowed us to interact with students from other universities. We enjoyed making connections and learning about different events and fundraisers that we could use in our club. We visited the vast trade show floor, and networked with many companies involved in the poultry industry. In addition we were able to connect with employers and set up interviews for internships. The trip to IPPE was an amazing experience that helped us explore career paths.
Senator Tammy Baldwin and Fola Arowolo
"Scientific research as a platform for not only scientfic discovery but for social change."
Fola Arowolo, Ph.D. student in the Shanmuganayagam laboratory and the Molecular & Environmental Toxicology Center (METC) graduate program was recently selected by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) to meet and discuss the need for increased research funding in the U.S. with legislators in DC. He had the opportunity to discuss how our research using gene engineering of swine to tackle human diseases, particularly brain tumors in children. Fola is also involved with the Catalysts for Science Policy (CaSP, UW) program, Critical MASS program (Madison Metropolitan School District), Wisconsin Association of Black Men (WABM) and Madison School & Community Recreation mentoring (WABR). We are very proud of his accomplishments, dedication and effort.
2017 Meat Hall of Fame Inductees
On May 4, 2017, the Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame inducted three new honorees. They are Phil Hinderaker, Philip Jones, and Donald MacFarlane. The Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame was established to recognize the contributions of individuals who have positively impacted the meat industry of Wisconsin. Not only does the Hall of Fame recognize significant individual contributions, but it also provides historical documentation of the leaders and innovators who have contributed to a strong and vibrant meat industry in the state. More than 80 individuals have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its initiation in 1993.
Check out photos at:
UW-Madison Hosts Meat Animal Triathlon Contest
UW-Madison hosted the Meat Animal Evaluation Triathlon Contest, February 19, 2017.  Click the photo to learn more about this event that saw 14 universities from across the country compete!
Animal Science Extension Group News and Notes

2017 State 4-H Meats Judging Contest Held February 18

The State 4-H Meats Judging Contest consists of evaluating and ranking classes of hams, beef, pork and lamb carcasses, and 2 retail cut classes.  Contestants also identified 30 retail cuts of beef, pork or lamb and 10 cuts of processed meats products, quality and yield graded 5 beef carcasses and completed a 10 question meat label reading exercise.  Seniors had to give 1 set of oral reasons on a carcass class.

The contest is organized annually by Extension Meats Specialist, Jeff Sindelar, Extension Youth Livestock Specialist, Bernie O’Rourke, Extension Outreach Specialist, Alissa Grenawalt and 4-H Youth Development Specialist Pam Hobson.

2017 State 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl and Skillathon Contest held at UW-Madison

   The Wisconsin 4-H Quiz Bowl and Skillathon contests were both held on Saturday, March 4 at the University of Wisconsin Madison Animal Sciences Building.   Livestock Quiz Bowl is a competition where questions are about beef, sheep, swine and meat goat topics and students use a buzzer in order to answer.  Teams compete in a double elimination format by giving oral answers to questions posed by a judge.  Each match has both an individual and toss-up question round. A group discussion round is included in the senior division to simulate the national competition.
   The senior team winner represents Wisconsin at the National 4-H Quiz Bowl contest at AKSARBEN in Grand Island, NE in September.  Winners of the senior division (14 years of age or older) was Marathon County. Members included: Stephanie Witberler, Kailen Smerchek, Cortney Zimmerman and Emilie Pauls.  The team was, coached by Mark Zimmerman.  Second place in Senior Quiz Bowl went to Columbia County:  Members were:  Justin Taylor, Zach Mickelson and Tyler Cross.  The team was coached by Todd Taylor.
   Winners of the Junior Quiz Bowl division (under 14 years old) was Iowa County #2.

Members included: Joey Robinson, Cameron Patterson and Ty Gaffney.  This team was coached by Val Gaffney.
Second place went to Iowa County #1.  Members included:  Skylar Garthwaite, Julia Searls, Nicole Elfering, Kelly Gaffney and Emily Graber.  The team was coached by Val Gaffney. 
    Winners of the Mixed division (must contain at least one youth from each age division) was Iowa County.  Members included:  Piper Garthwaite, Ellie Robinson, Annie Robinson, Morgan Fitzsimmons and Paige Gaffney.  The team was coached by Val Gaffney.  Jackson County was second place.  Members included: Rachel Moseley, Kaden Moseley and Trent Laufenberg.  The team was coached by Jackie Oberlin and Dawn Laufenberg.
    In the Skillathon contest, participants complete a 25 question written test, 4 individual skill-a-thon stations where contestants take part in livestock breed identification, feed identification, equipment identification and meat Identification.  The final portion is the team exercises where each team works together to best solve 4 different scenarios involving live animals/concepts.  This phase helps youth learn problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork.

    The winning 4-H Skillathon team was from Marathon County and will represent Wisconsin at the National 4-H Quiz and Skillathon Contest in Louisville, KY in November.  They were coached by Mark Zimmerman.  Members included:  Stephanie Witberler, Kailen Smerchek, Cortney Zimmerman and Emilie Pauls.  Second place senior team was Iowa County Team #1, which included: Nathan Daniels, Morgan Fitzsimmons, Kauy Fargo, Paige Gaffney. This team was coached by Valerie Gaffney. 
Report from the State FFA Poultry Judging Contest: 

On April 27 there were148 students from 42 teams taking part.  1st place was Brillion and 2nd place was Sheboygan Falls.

The contest included a management test, placing live chickens, placing and grading carcasses and parts, grading eggs (internal and external quality), parts identification, and identifying faults in cooked chicken products.

WI State Horse Educations Days

The 4-H Horse and Pony project continues to be of high interest for Wisconsin youth.  Over 250 4-H Horse and Pony project youth participated at the WI State Horse Education Days held May 5th & 6th, 2017 at UW Marathon in Wausau.  UW Equine Extension Specialist Liv Sandberg, UW 4H Ag/Animal Science Youth Development Specialist Pam Hobson, and the WI 4H Horse Association host the annual Education Day competitions, including three State level contests for the youth; the Communications competitions, Horse bowl competition, and the Hippology (study of horses) competition.

The Communications competitions had a record-breaking attendance with 87 entries, doubled the number of entries from 2014.  Youth participate in: public speaking, individual and/or team demonstration, and/or interpretive reading. The top three seniors from the public speaking and demonstration contests received an opportunity to advance to Regionals held during Quarter Horse Congress in Ohio or 4H Eastern Nationals in Kentucky.

Fifty-nine county teams competed in the double elimination Horse bowl, in one of three age divisions.  Top honors for the beginner age division went to Ozaukee County, with Sheboygan capturing reserve honors and the Pierce county team receiving third place.  Ozaukee county also excelled in the intermediate division receiving 1st place, followed by Pierce A and Pierce B, taking 2nd and 3rd place respectively.  Waukesha County fought to grab Grand from the Fond da Lac county team in the senior division with Dane county team members receiving 3rd place; all

three senior horse bowl teams will be given the opportunity to advance to QH Congress or 4-H EN.

The Hippology contest had 203 individuals competing, the highest number of entries in the past 10 years.  Individual high point awards were presented for all age divisions, and seniors who complete the final judging phase of Hippology, will be eligible as a county team to advance as well.

It is rewarding and encouraging to see youth continue to be interested and active in educational projects offered by 4-H as these projects aid in the development of soft skills such as speaking,  leadership, teamwork, discipline, as well as advancement of knowledge.
youth at hippology stations
Faculty and Staff News
Lou Arrington was named to the FFA Hall of Fame
WI Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals
Promotional Package Team - Bernie O'Rourke & Alissa Grenawalt
Colleague of the Year in Programmatic Effectiveness:  Bernie O'Rourke

CALS Awards:
Guilherme Rosa - 2017 CALS Excellence in International Activities Award
Laura Trumble - 2017 CALS University Staff Award

UW Awards:
Guilherme Rosa - Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Award
Daniel Gianola - awarded Emeritus status

Industry Awards:
Lou Arrington - Director Emeritus MPF Board
Jeff Sindelar - 2017 Harry L. Rudnick Educator’s Award, NAMI

Jeff Sindelar - recognition as 1 of 25 Future Icons, National Provisioned
Jeff Sindelar - 2017 Meritorious Service Award, Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors
Dave Thomas - 2017 Wisconsin Sheep Industry Award Check out the video
David Thomas

Dr. Dave Thomas, retired in January 2017. We wish you the best in your retirement!

Daniel Gianola
Dr. Daniel Gianola, retired in March 2017. Thank you Dan for all your years of service. We wish you the best in your retirement!

Kim Trumble
Kim Trumble, retired in April 2017. Thank you for all your years of service and student support. Hope you are enjoying your retirement!
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