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Welcome to our first electronic newsletter! With tighter budgets and evolving technology, electronic communication appears to be the most efficient way to keep in contact with  all of our alumni and friends. Let us know your thoughts on the approach.
For those who do not  know me, I have recently take on the role as department chair to relieve Dr. Dan Schaefer from this responsibility. Dan has gallantly served the department as chair for the past 17 years.  My responsibilities as chair started July 1, 2016, but I have been a part of the Animal Sciences faculty since 1980. My prior responsibilities in research and teaching were focused mostly in the area of monogastric nutrition and swine management. I am excited to steward the department as we face the challenges of animal agriculture in the 21st century. Like a living organism, our department is adapting to changes and will need to modify our responses as we continue to strive to serve the needs of our students, citizens, and animal industries of Wisconsin and beyond.
As 2017 rolls in, I’d like to thank all of you for your generous support of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Animal Sciences Department.
In this first newsletter we have highlighted only a few stories about the department, but there’s always so much more happening. Send us a note or stop in for a visit. Go Badgers!

Dr. Dan Schaefer, after 13 years of service and leadership, stepped down as the Department Chair of Animal Sciences as of July 1, 2016 to resume his research program.  Please join us in thanking Dan for his dedication to the Department.  Dr. Tom Crenshaw stepped forward to serve as the next Department Chair. 

AniSci major Liz Vaadeland & DySci major Katie Bock display their
Badger Spirit, May 2016.

Photo by Heidi Zoreb
Bucky's Butchery
Do you prefer local foods? You can't get much more local than Bucky’s Butchery, a retail store and processing plant operated on campus by a team of UW-Madison students. All of the meat sold is produced here, as this "Forward Motion" video documents.
Faculty and Staff Awards....
2016 American Society of Animal Science
Gary L. Cromwell Award for Research in Mineral Nutrition - Thomas Crenshaw
Rockefeller Prentice Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics - Guilherme Rosa
WI Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals

Educational Technology Team - Bernie O'Rourke & Alissa Grenawalt
Meritorious Service - Non Member - Ron Russell
CALS Awards:

Student Association Teaching & Mentoring Award - Dave Thomas
Academic Staff Award for Excellence in Leadership - Bernie O'Rourke
Arthur J Mauer Extra Mile Award - Tom Crenshaw
Pound Research Award - Jeff Sindelar
Robert GF and Hazel T Spitze Land Grant Faculty Award for Excellence - Mark Cook
Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame - Andrew Milkowski
Extension and Outreach News
Consider giving to the Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program!.
Your gift would assist in providing resources, educational programs and support to youth and adults with beef, sheep, swine and goat interests.
Please click on the provided link and type in “Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program” when it asks for Fund Name. Designate your gift and fill out the additional information.
Please view the Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program website at: to get a better idea of who and what is done to support the next generation of agriculture professionals.
Please consider joining us in providing youth life skills through livestock projects!  We greatly appreciate your contributions.

Equine Extension
The annual State 4-H Horse Leadership conference was held November 11-13th, 2016 at UW River Falls.   One hundred fifty club, project, and youth leaders attended the 2 ½ day conference. The annual conference was organized by WI Equine Extension Specialist Liv Sandberg in combination with Ag/Animal Science 4-H Youth Development Specialist Pam Hobson, the State 4-H Horse Association, and UW River Falls Dept of Animal Science faculty.

The State Line Equine Education team has an exciting workshop program scheduled   ‘Health Care for the Geriatric and Health Challenged Horse. The workshop will be held March 4th, 10am-3pm, at the Kenosha County Center, Kenosha WI.  Further details and registration information can be found at UW Dept of Animal Sciences Equine Extension site or Kenosha County Extension website

Faculty News
Dr. Dave Thomas, Professor and Faculty member of sheep breeding and genetics will officially retire his post from UW-Madison on January 17, 2017.  Thank you Dave for all your years of service and we wish you the best in your retirement!
Agri-View article:  25 years plus: sheep odyssey ends
Congratulations Grads!
Winter 2015
BS: P Campbell, N David, K Encinas, A Fletcher, C Hjortness, A Knutson, M McCue, A Strangstalien, J Warns
MS: Amanda Young (Kirkpatrick)
PhD: Mamat Kamalludin (Kirkpatrick), Fikrullah Kisa (Albrecht), Mitchell Schaefer (Schaefer)
Spring 2016
BS: E Alland, J Baker, A Bradford, A Brummett, A Butler, C Cropp, D Easley, B Entiringer, M Harrell, J Hickey, M Kent, A Klopotic, J Kvalheim, A Lichwa, M Mezera, B Miller, K Moua, K Palmer, A Peacock, E Petzel, R Pols, L Preston, J Purnell, S Rentmeester, A Rose, E Schneider, D Semon, T Shurn, S Toth, E Vaadeland, K Walters, K Wilhelms, G Wolf, E Yang, Y Yao, E Zars
MS: Megan Krautkramer (Parrish)
PhD: Laura Amundson (Crenshaw)
Summer 2016
BS: C Hougan
MS: Emily Weaver (Fadl / Khatib)
PhD: Thomas Murphy (Thomas)
Winter 2016
BS: L DeRouchey, A Kleinhans, M Lauersdorf, L Nechuta, R Robbins, C Stevenson, M Wiedl
PhD: Nantawat Tatiyaborworntham (Richards)
AnSci Students visit Producers
The Beef Cattle Production Class, AnSci 431, taught by Brian Kirkpatrick and Daniel Schaefer, visited Beef Producers in October. Special thanks to the producers who hosted the students: Brian McCulloh, Woodhill Angus Farms; Jim Munsch, Deer Run Farm; Reid Ludlow, Rush Creek Ranch
Friday, October 14, 2016 was a day of great celebration for the new UW Meat Science Building project. This banquet was a unique take on the traditional groundbreaking ceremony. In lieu of hard hats and gold-plated shovels, attendees wore hairnets and received stainless steel salt scoops. Rather than a traditional groundbreaking ceremony, this milestone was commemorated with a formal ham salting.
To track progress of the Meat Science Lab design and construction, visit
Contributors to the UW's sheep-research and outreach efforts at the Spooner Agr Research Station, bid farewell August 28. The flock represented the only university-operated sheep dairy in the United States.
The Spooner station sold its dairy-sheep flock of 183 mature ewes and 145 ewe lambs, and 10 select rams, in an online auction. A total of 338 sheep were sold in 62 lots with a sale average of $517/head. Sheep sold into the 10 states of Arkansas, Connecticut, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin – 257 head (76%) went to out-of-state buyers, and 81 head (24%) stayed in Wisconsin.Thanks to all the participants for a great sale. 
Complete sale results
In the news . . .
Mark Cook on WPR (11/28/16):  UW-Madison Researchers Look Into Antibiotic Resistance

Congratulations to Jeff Sindelar, UW-Madison Extension Meats Specialist for being named one of the 25 future icons in the meat and poultry industry.  (11/25/16):

Jie Yin (Richards) won 1st place for his poster "Crystallization of quinone adducted to turkey hemoglobin and its role in inhibiting lipid oxidation.” at the 2016 62nd International Congress of Meat Science and Technology in Bangkok, Thailand

2016 Retirements - Thanks for your dedication & hard work!
Steve Arp

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It has been a busy Fall semester for the Saddle and Sirloin Club.
October 20-21 was the annual Haunted House. We collected canned goods and donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Members also participated in a fall trail ride at Canyon Creek Riding Stables in Lake Delton, WI.
In November, we held a Brat Sale fundraiser in conjunction with Badger Meat Science Club. Thanks to the Meat Lab employees for making the brats!
The annual Club 101 activity was held on November 22nd. This livestock show helps new students learn how to fit and show cattle, swine, pigs, sheep and horses.


The 22nd Annual Badger Kick-Off Classic was held December 2-4 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Check out the sponsors and results

We look forward to a productive spring semester. We will be hosting the following livestock shows:
 Bucky's Spectacular Swine Show May 14th at the Lodi Fair Grounds, Badger Bonanza Lamb Show April 30th at the Arlington Public Events Building, and the 98th Annual Little International Horse Show on May 6th at the Alliant Energy Center.
The organization will be hosting Academic Quadrathalon on February 24th, so start planning your teams!
Members will also we taking a study tour trip to National Block and Bridle Convention, visiting the Midwest Horse Fair and participating in many other activities this semester.
Check out our website and following us on

Special Thanks to our Supporters
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Dr & Mrs Charles Carpenter
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Elinor Elphick
Equity Coop Livestock Sales
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Prof & Mrs Daniel Gianola
Dr & Mrs Fields Gunsett
Dr Gerald B Havenstein
Havenstein Living Trust
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Dr & Mrs David Hoogerland
Indianhead Sheep Breeders Assn
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Ida Kirsch
Christina Kuhlka
Dr Travis Kuhlka
TK Veterinary Service PC
MPSC, Inc.
Allegra  Manacher
Dennis & Maureen Maiorino
Douglas Marshall
Dr & Mrs John Mazuski
Help support UW Animal Sciences

Dr Karla Meinholz
National Assn of Extension 4H Agents

Neogen Corporation
Prof & Mrs Gary Onan
Prof & Mrs Michael Orth
Angela Piepenburg & Jon Piepenburg
Drs Carl & Jennifer Pfendner
Dr & Mrs John Prange
 Richard Roembke & Sylvia  Roembke
Scott Sand & Sue Sand
Dr James Shull &  Sara Smith-Shull
Dr Margaret Shupnik
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Dr & Mrs Mark Tetrick
Richard Thies & Dinah Thies
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Van Hees Inc
Dr & Mrs Richard  Vatthauer
Barbara Vaughan &  William  Vaughan
John  Vignes
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
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Zinpro Corporation

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