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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


Gianola Honored by Chinese University

Chinese award

Daniel Gianola, Sewall Wright Emeritus Professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics in the UW-Madison Departments of Animal Sciences and Dairy Science, was recognized as “Honorable Professor” (Chinese equivalent of Honoris Causa) by Hunan Agricultural University in October 2017. More information

10th Annual Badger Production Sale


This year’s sale on September 23rd turned out to be our 2nd highest grossing ($28,700) sale behind 2011 and our second highest in terms of numbers of animals sold (74). There were buyers from MN, IA, IL, WI, and OH. Thanks to all our supporters!
Sale website

2017 Honorary Recognition Awards Banquet and Ceremony: Thursday, October 19.

Robert KauffmanCongratulations to Dr Robert Kauffman (Animal Sciences) for receiving the Distinguished Service Award.

Each year CALS recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to their communities, their chosen career fields, and the citizens of the state and the nation. CALS has three awards: the Honorary Recognition Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the Distinguished Alumni Award. For more information

Contact Dan Schaefer or Ron Russell about the pre-banquet reception to honor Dr K.

Nathan ChesmoreChesmore, PHD student, awarded Morgridge Biotechnology Fellowship

Nathan Chesmore, a Ph.D. student in Dhanu Shanmuganayagam’s laboratory, has been awarded the Morgridge Biotechnology Fellowship to work on a novel anti-microbial and anti-biofilm strategy. The fellowship is awarded to students who have been identified for their exceptional potential in advancing research in the biotechnology field.

Recent publications:

Chemicals released by predation increase the growth rate of yellow perch, Perca flavescens. Barry TP, Dehnert GK, Hoppe PD, Sorensen PW. Journal of Fish Biology. October 2017.

Effects of Nitrite and Erythorbate on Clostridium perfingens Growth during Extended Cooling of Cured Ham. Osterbauer KJ, King AM, Seman DL, Milkowski AL, Glass KA, Sindelar JJ. Journal of Food Protection 80:1697-1704. September 2017.

Ovulation rate, antral follicle count, and circulating anti-Müllerian hormone in Trio allele carriers, a novel high fecundity bovine genotype. García-Guerra A, Motta JCL, Melo LF, Kirkpatrick BW, Wiltbank MC. Theriogenology. 2017 Oct 1;101:81-90.

Follicular waves and hormonal profiles during the estrous cycle of carriers and non-carriers of the Trio allele, a major bovine gene for high ovulation and fecundity. García-Guerra A, Kirkpatrick BW, Wiltbank MC. Theriogenology. 2017 Sep 15;100:100-113.Epub 2017 Jun 1

Causal effect of prolificacy on milk yield in dairy sheep using propensity score Ferreira VC, Thomas DL, Valente BD, Rosa GJM,(2017) J Dairy Sci 100:1-8

Serum and tissue 25-OH vitamin D3 concentrations do not predict bone abnormalities and molecular markers of vitamin D metabolism in the hypovitaminosis D kyphotic pig model. Amundson LA, Hernandez LL, Crenshaw TD. (2017) Br J Nutr. Jul 26:1-11.

Evaluation of longevity modeling censored records in Nellore Garcia DA, Rosa GJM, Valente BD, Galvao de Albuquerque, L. (2017) Animal. 23:1-7.

Genome-wide association analysis in dogs implicates 99 loci as risk variants for anterior cruciate ligament rupture. Baker LA; Kirkpatrick B; Rosa GJ; Gianola D; Valente B; Sumner JP; Baltzer W; Hao Z; Binversie EE; Volstad N; Piazza A; Sample SJ; Muir P.(2017) PLoS One. 12(4):e0173810