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Alexa Roscizewski dairy sheep intern – Audio

Alexa Roscizewski

Alexa Roscizewski, Student, Animal Science
Department of Animal Science
UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Alexa Roscizewski <>
David Thomas, Professor
Phone (608) 263-4306, (608) 263-4300


Spooner hosts final Sheep Day as UW’s dairy sheep research program comes to an end


3:04 – Total Time
0:33 – Learning opportunity
0:57 – Beef, FFA, 4-H
1:23 – Dairy sheep love
1:37 – Future in genetics, meat science
1:51 – Genetics for better animals
2:10 – UW-Madison experience
2:34 – Sad to see dairy sheep go
2:56 – Lead out


Sevie Kenyon: The last student to work with the UW-Madison Dairy Sheep program. We’re visiting today with Alex Roscizewski student in Animal Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Spooner Agricultural Research Station. Alexa tell us a little bit about how you got involved in the dairy sheep program.

Alexa Roscizewski: I actually took sheep production last semester with Dr. Thomas and he sent an application to everyone in the class and I thought it looked like a great opportunity. I was really interested in getting into research and handling some sheep since it’s a new experience to me and he apparently thought a girl with a beef background was perfect to work at the dairy sheep program.

Sevie Kenyon: Alexa, where are you from, tell us a little about yourself?

Alexa Roscizewski: I grew up in southeastern Wisconsin in Eagle, Wisconsin showing beef cattle. From that, I was really involved in 4-H and FFA and that really led to my desire to go to school to be an animal science major and hopefully get involved with some genetic work with show cattle. Then it led me here and now I really ended up liking sheep and hopefully it’s something that I see in my future.

Sevie Kenyon: Tell us about the dairy sheep that’s a little unique here.

Alexa Roscizewski: One thing that I’d have to say is really unique about the dairy sheep, is they’re really docile. Just walking up to these sheep they’re so docile you get so much love from them.

Sevie Kenyon: Alexa, tell us a little more about what are your future plans.

Alexa Roscizewski: Well, as a senior in college I think everyone has the dilemma of “I don’t know what I’m going to do with my life” and that is kind of where I’m at, but I’m hoping to go to grad school with something in genetics and meat science.

Sevie Kenyon: What’s the fascination with the genetics?

Alexa Roscizewski: I just think genes are so cool I love the classes I’ve taken on them. I think it’s a foundation of a lot of breeding and especially with the meat science I want to look into different effects that we can improve the quality of animals and the products they give us.

Sevie Kenyon: Now, Alexa tell us a little bit about your experience there at Madison, how’s that gone for you?

Alexa Roscizewski: Oh I love Madison! I always said I would never move to a city and then went to school in Madison and now it’s kind of hard for me to leave sometimes. I love being a badger, I love the atmosphere of school, I love football games, I love the community sense that the University of Wisconsin-Madison holds, and I think that’s true for all students.

Sevie Kenyon: Alexa, how do you feel about the final days of the dairy sheep program here?

Alexa Roscizewski: It actually makes me really sad, not having known about this facility until last semester and actually coming up here and working here you can see that the people here, who work here, are really hard workers. It’s a great program it’s really sad to see it go and once it’s gone we can’t get it back, so, very unfortunate.

Sevie Kenyon: We’ve been visiting with Alex Roscizewski, University of Wisconsin-Madison in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and I’m Sevie Kenyon.