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Second annual Dairy Science Showcase set for Nov. 6

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Dairy Science invites department alumni and stakeholders to attend its second annual Dairy Science Showcase on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at campus’ Dejope Hall.

The Showcase, designed to highlight the department’s research, extension and instructional efforts, will kick off with a “State of CALS and UW Dairy Science” presentation, followed by talks by faculty members and graduate students on current research initiatives. Participants also will have the opportunity to meet with master’s and doctoral students during a research poster session and help honor undergraduate scholarship recipients during a brief awards ceremony.

Kent Weigel, professor and chair of the dairy science department, says the goal of the Showcase is to foster interactions between the department’s campus community and its alumni and industry stakeholders. “We want our alumni and stakeholders to meet our new staff, graduate students and undergrads,” he says. “We also want to recognize those who have helped support our programs by sponsoring research projects, funding scholarships and contributing in countless other ways.”

Findings from a $1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture project titled “An Integrated Approach to Improving Dairy Cow Fertility” will be highlighted at the event. Several dairy science faculty have been involved in the collaborative project, which seeks to assess the contributions of various management factors to dairy cow fertility. The researchers are also evaluating the economic impact of reproductive management strategies on overall farm sustainability under a variety of management scenarios.

As a steward of public trust and private investment, the UW-Madison dairy science program is committed to providing cutting-edge, science-based knowledge for the industry and unparalleled training to students interested in pursuing careers in the field. The department’s goal is to improve the quality of milk and the efficiency and profitability of its production around the world.

To attend the Dairy Science Showcase, please register online by October 26th at http://dysci.wisc.edu/industry-outreach/dairy-science-showcase/. Registration is free and covers complementary lunches and an ice cream social for participants. All activities will be held at campus’ Dejope Hall, located at 640 Elm Drive. Parking passes can be purchased when registering for the event.

For more information, contact Ted Halbach at (608) 263-3305 or (608) 219-5289 or tjhalbach@wisc.edu; or Cathy Rook at (608) 263-3308 or rook@wisc.edu.