Our mission is to foster scientific discoveries in animal agriculture and biology, inspire original thinking and the art of discovery through innovative education and service, therby 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


Goodbye Robby!

Robby Weyker farewell party July 25, 2018 Robby Weyker's last day at the Meat Lab was Thursday, July 26. Robby is off to big adventures at Kerry Ingredients and will be missed by all his colleagues.

Morgan Larson is the Assistant Meat Lab Manager. Morgan, a Senior in Dairy Sci, has worked with Robby in the Meat Lab for 3 yrs. She will supervise the student staff in the Meat Lab, maintain meat processing operations, and work with Jeff Sindelar and Dan Schaefer to maintain regulatory compliance and interact with extramural and intramural users of the Meat Lab. Morgan is enthused to assume these responsibilities and we are pleased to have her in this position. She can be reached at 262-1793 or mlarson22@wisc.edu

Mickelson defends Meat Science thesis

Maggie Mickelson successfully defended her M.S. thesis on Friday, June 8th. Her thesis addressed: “Carcass chilling method effects on color and tenderness of bison, lamb, and sow meat.” Her committee was comprised of: Dr. James Claus (major advisor), Dr. Mark Richards, Dr. Dan Schaefer, and Dr. Kurt Vogel. The bison project was implemented in a commercial plant in Colorado. For the lamb portion of her thesis research she traveled to the University of Melbourne to work with Dr. Robyn Warner. The sow portion was conducted in the meat lab at UW-Madison.

Mini-documentary on genetically-engineered pig disease models released

Wisconsin minature swine A mini-documentary of Dhanu’s research program’s work in creating genetically-engineered pigs to study Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) was released worldwide yesterday by the filmmaker on social media and other distribution networks.

New Room Scheduling Calendar

booked calendar

The room reservation system has changed to Booked. Making Stock Pavilion reservations will remain the same although you will need to use the new system to view current reservations. Please contact Contact Kathy Monson for more information

Recent publications:

Reproduction in domestic ruminants during the past 50 yr: discovery to application. Smith MF, Geisert RD, Parrish JJ.J Anim Sci. 2018 Jun 29;96(7):2952-2970.

Melatonin promotes Cashmere goat (Capra hircus) secondary hair follicle growth: A view from integrated analysis of long non-coding and coding RNAs. Ge W, Wang SH, Sun B, Zhang YL, Shen W, Khatib H, Wang X. Cell Cycle. 2018 Jun 12.

Proteomic analysis of follicular fluid in carriers and non-carriers of the Trio allele for high ovulation rate in cattle. Kamalludin MH, Garcia-Guerra A, Wiltbank MC, Kirkpatrick BW.Reprod Fertil Dev. 2018 Jun 1.

Comprehensive Characterization of Swine Cardiac Troponin T Proteoforms by Top-Down Mass Spectrometry.Lin Z, Guo F, Gregorich ZR, Sun R, Zhang H, Hu Y, Shanmuganayagam D, Ge Y. J Am Soc Mass Spectrom. 2018 Jun;29(6):1284-1294

Short communication: Heritability of twinning rate in Holstein cattle. Lett BM, Kirkpatrick BW. J Dairy Sci. 2018 May;101(5):4307-4311.

Cranberry proanthocyanidin-chitosan hybrid nanoparticles as a potential inhibitor of extra-intestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli invasion of gut epithelial cells. Alfaro-Viquez E, Esquivel-Alvarado D, Madrigal-Carballo S, Krueger CG, Reed JD. Int J Biol Macromol. 2018 May;111:415-420.

Anthelmintic efficacy of cranberry vine extracts on ovine Haemonchus contortus. Barone CD, Zajac AM, Manzi-Smith LA, Howell AB, Reed JD, Krueger CG, Petersson KH. Vet Parasitol. 2018 Apr 15;253:122-129.

Vaccine to fibroblast growth factor 23 peptides increases eggshell strength.Ren ZZ, Piepenburg AJ, Bütz DE, Claus JR, Cook ME. Poult Sci. 2018 Mar 1;97(3):882-889.

Trio a novel bovine high-fecundity allele: II. Hormonal profile and follicular dynamics underlying the high ovulation rate. Garcia-Guerra A, Kamalludin MH, Kirkpatrick BW, Wiltbank MC. Biol Reprod. 2018 Mar 1;98(3):335-349.

Processing conditions and endpoint temperature effects on development of pink defect without pink-generating ligands in cooked ground turkey breast. Claus JR, Jeong JY. Poult Sci. 2018 Feb 1;97(2):667-675.

Integrative analysis of methylomic and transcriptomic data in fetal sheep muscle tissues in response to maternal diet during pregnancy. Namous H, Peñagaricano F, Del Corvo M, Capra E, Thomas DL, Stella A, Williams JL, Marsan PA,Khatib H BMC Genomics 2018, 19:123 | Published on: 6 February 2018