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September 2023
From the Department Chair . . . 

Greetings from campus, as we welcome tens of thousands of new and continuing students back to Madison for the fall semester! These are also exciting times for the Department of Animal & Dairy Sciences as we introduce a new major, have a pair of active searches for new assistant professors and can announce several external grants that our faculty have recently secured. Read more from Dr. Kent Weigel.
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The new animal and veterinary biosciences major is for students who care about animals’ health, well-being, and their relationships to humans and the environment — from the smallest companion and service animals to the largest livestock. Thanks to an array of course choices, students can tailor their studies to prepare themselves for veterinary school or a multitude of other animal-related careers.
Highlighting Faculty Grants
Hasan Khatib, professor in the Department of Animal & Dairy Sciences, received $650,000 for his project “The effects of paternal nutrition on early embryonic development and reproductive performance of offspring,” through NIFA’s Animal Reproduction program within the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.
Guilherme Rosa, professor in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, received $1 million for his project “Integrating enviromics, genomics, and machine learning for precision breeding of resilient beef cattle” through NIFA’s Inter-Disciplinary Engagement in Animal Systems (IDEAS) program area priority within the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.
Joao Dorea, assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, received $1 million for his project “Development and implementation of an economically viable computer vision system to monitor and control metabolic disorders in dairy cows” through NIFA’s Inter-Disciplinary Engagement in Animal Systems (IDEAS) program area priority within the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.
Steven Ricke, professor of animal and dairy sciences, and Jessica Hite, assistant professor of pathobiological sciences, received $297,000 for their project Harnessing iron metabolism to limit salmonella in pre- and post-harvest poultry through NIFA’s AFRI Food Safety and Defense program.
Kent Weigel, professor and chair in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, was awarded $650,000 for his project “The resilient cow: Next-generation selection using high-frequency phenotypes to achieve predictable performance in unpredictable conditions” through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), Animal Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics (AFRI A1201).
Since its inception in early 2020, more than 200 projects have been funded by the DIH at UW–Madison, UW–Platteville, and UW–River Falls. In the new fiscal year that began July 1, ADS faculty were awarded several short-term, high-impact research grants and an exciting portfolio of capacity-building equipment. Learn more about the most recent Hub investments in the department here.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery program is happy to announce applications are being accepted for the 2024-2025 Master Meat Crafter Training Program until September 30, 2023.
Looking back on his 25-year career with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ted Halbach sees a great deal of memories and experiences, all of which he said are a privilege to have been a part of.
Know a high school or college transfer student that is interested in UW-Madison who wants to major in either animal and veterinary biosciences or dairy science? They can scan the QR code and fill out the form to receive admissions and department information. We are excited to share what our programs have to offer!  Click here to complete the form.
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