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Weigel Is New Extension Dairy Cattle Genetics Specialist At UW-Madison

Kent Weigel has joined the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as assistant professor and extension specialist in dairy cattle breeding and genetics. Weigel will also serve as genetics program administrator for the National Association of Animal Breeders, which will provide partial salary support and research funding for the position.

As state extension specialist for dairy cattle genetics, Weigel will educate dairy producers, AI organizations, and other dairy industry participants with interests in animal breeding. He will work with county-based extension faculty, along with the Wisconsin/Minnesota/Iowa/Illinois cooperative four-state extension program.

Weigel will teach the Farm and Industry Short Course, “Genetic Improvement of Dairy Cattle,” and develop a research program applicable to dairy cattle breeding systems.

Prior to his current appointment, Weigel was a research scientist in the UW-Madison dairy science department. He has served as genetics director of World-Wide Sires, Inc., and was a senior research associate for the Holstein Association USA. His research has focused on international genetic comparisons, genotype by environment interaction, genetic evaluation of health and management traits, and strategies to control inbreeding.

Weigel will hold a nine-month appointment in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and work three months per year with NAAB.

Weigel earned his doctorate in dairy science at the UW-Madison, and master”s degrees in animal science from Iowa State and biometry from the UW-Madison. He earned a bachelor”s degree in animal science and biology from the UW-Platteville.