1675 Observatory Dr
279 Animal Sciences Building
Madison, WI 53706
Yanna Williams is originally from the Windy City (Chicago, IL.) and moved to Arizona as a youth where she completed high school. Yanna attended Tuskegee University where she received her BS. in Animal and Poultry Sciences. Shortly after, Yanna joined the Department of Dairy Science as an MS student under the advisory of Kent Weigel. Yanna’s thesis project focused on the effect of dairy energy density and genomic residual feed intake (RFI) on dairy heifer parameters. After receiving her MS, Yanna became the Dairy Youth Specialist for the Department of Dairy Science where she had the pleasure of overseeing dairy programs for the state of Wisconsin. After two years in this role, Yanna wanted to continue to challenge herself and expand her skills and continued with the department in a new role focused on teaching undergraduate and non-traditional (FISC and online) students. Yanna teaches ANDY 101, Business of Agriculture and Animal Health Worker. Yanna also works on many diversity and inclusion efforts throughout the department and CALS including but not limited to; the Elzie Higginbottom Exposure Weekend and the Dairy Science HBCU Summer Internship. Yanna is an advocate for the community, particularly communities of color and finds herself spending much of her external time serving. Yanna founded and leads the HBCU College Fair, an annual fair for Black students Madison and it’s surrounding areas and Dear Diary, a mentoring organization serving Black girls in high school affected by disparities and incarceration. When Yanna isn’t working, she enjoys reading, dinners with friends, and traveling.
Effect of diet energy density and genomic residual feed intake on prebred dairy heifer feed efficiency, growth, and manure excretion Williams, K.T., Weigel, K.A., Coblentz, W.K., Esser, N.M., Schlesser, H., Hoffman, P.C., Su, Hu., Akins, M.S.
Farm and Industry Shortcourse Courses
FISC 50 – The Business of Ag (1 credit, Spring)
Course Description: Examines the five areas of risk management of an agricultural business: production risk, human risk, financial risk, market risk, and institutional risk. Discusses the internal and external contexts affecting the management of an agricultural business. Investigates the changing structures of agriculture, creating a unique landscape for today’s agricultural businesses. Students are encouraged throughout the course to reflect on and discuss examples from their own experiences, and think critically about how these factors may impact their strategy for managing a business.
Requirements: Declared in the Farm Industry Short Course program
An Sci/Dy Sci 101 – Introduction to Animal Sciences (4 credits, Fall)
Course Description: Anatomy physiology, nutrition, genetics, reproduction, marketing, meats and management of dairy and beef cattle, swine, sheep, poultry and horses; lectures, laboratories and discussion. Field trips.
Animal Health Worker (non-credit, Summer)
Dear Diary Mentoring Organization (Founder and Director)
Charles Hamilton Houston Institute Board Member
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Member
Trained to Grow, Inc. (Board Member) Opportunity Youth Coalition Member