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lambs at arlington, photo courtesy UWMadisonCALS
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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.

O'Rourke wins Friend of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative Award

Bernie O’Rourke and her husband Ron Patterson, shown with sons Kegan, (l.-r.) Cameron and Aiden. This award annually recognizes persons, businesses or organizations that have provided outstanding support and service to the Cooperative or to its primary event, the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. O’Rourke had been instrumental in both the creation and implementation of the Youth Sweepstakes at the festival, helping to score and officiate in a program that involves over 200 youth each year in twelve areas of competition. more information.
Bernie O’Rourke and her husband Ron Patterson, shown with sons Kegan, (l.-r.) Cameron and Aiden.

2018 Buege Scholarships announced

(left to right) Morgan Larson, Cathy Buege, and Erica Thomas at the 2018 WAMP awards banquet A Buege Meat Science scholarship was established in 2006 to recognize Dennis Buege’s outstanding contributions to the field of Meat Science. This year two deserving UW-Madison undergraduates who have demonstrated a career interest in Meat Science were selected - Morgan Larson and Erica Thomas. more information

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Recent publications:

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

Effect of Caloric Restriction on Metabolic Dysfunction of Young Rapacz Familial Hypercholesterolemic Swine (Sus scrofa). Bekiares NA, Chen AS, Shanmuganayagam D, Meyers AD, Crenshaw TD, Krueger CG, Reed JD.Comp Med. 2017 Dec 1;67(6):508-517.

T and B cell activation profiles from cows with and without Johne's disease in response to in vitro stimulation with Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis. Frie MC, Sporer KRB, Kirkpatrick BW, Coussens PM. Vet Immunol Immunopathol. 2017 Dec;193-194:50-56.

The effect of applying a rinse and chill procedure to lamb carcases immediately post-death on meat quality? Fowler SM, Claus JM, Hopkins DL.Meat Sci. 2017 Dec;134:124-127.

Genome-wide association and pathway-based analysis using latent variables related to milk protein composition and cheesemaking traits in dairy cattle. Dadousis C, Pegolo S, Rosa GJM, Bittante G, Cecchinato A. J Dairy Sci. 2017 Nov;100(11):9085-9102.

Systematic review of emerging and innovative technologies for meat tenderisation. Warner RD, McDonnell CK, Bekhit AED, Claus J, Vaskoska R, Sikes A, Dunshea FR, Ha M. Meat Sci. 2017 Oct;132:72-89.

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.

Trio, a novel high fecundity allele: I. Transcriptome analysis of granulosa cells from carriers and non-carriers of a major gene for bovine ovulation rate. Kamalludin MH, Guerra AG, Wiltbank M, Kirkpatrick BW. Biol Reprod. 2017 Oct 27

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.

Applying Family Analyses to Electronic Health Records to Facilitate Genetic Research. Huang X, Elston RC, Rosa GJ, Mayer J, Ye Z, Kitchner T, Brilliant MH, Page D, Hebbring SJ. Bioinformatics. 2017 Sep 14.