Dept. Chair - Professor
Breeding and Genetics
Room: 266A Animal Sciences
Dr. Weigel's research has focused on international genetic comparisons, genotype by environment interactions, genetic evaluation of health and management traits, and strategies to control inbreeding.
Room: 952B Animal Sciences
Dr. Armentano specializes in ruminant nutrition physiology, especially the role of liver metabolism and its relation to protein nutrition. He also researches whole animal energy metabolism and the utilization of high fiber by-products for nutrition of the dairy herd.
Room: 279 Animal Sciences
Dr. Cabrera focuses on model-based decision support in dairy cattle and in dairy farm production systems. Dr. Cabrera primary interest is to improve cost-efficiency and profitability along with environmental stewardship in dairy farms by using simulation techniques, artificial intelligence and expert systems. Dr. Cabrera research and Extension programs involve interdisciplinary and participatory approaches towards the creation of user-friendly decision support systems.
For More Information: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/dairymgt/
Room: 934F Animal Sciences
Professor Combs conducts research in forage utilization and ruminal digestion of fiber by dairy cows. He researches the utilization of pastures and development of energy and protein supplement programs for grazing cattle as well as the intake regulation in high producing dairy cows.
Room: 278 Animal Sciences
Dr. Fricke's research continues to focus on developing and improving methods for reproductive management of dairy cattle. The goal of Dr. Fricke's extension program is to maximize reproductive efficiency of dairy cattle by applying knowledge gained through basic scientific research to develop practical management programs and technologies for use in production dairy cattle operations.
For More Information: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/dairyrepro/contact.cfm
Room: 440 Animal Sciences
Professor Gianola teaches advanced linear and nonlinear models, statistical genetics and Bayesian methods in animal breeding. He also conducts research in theory of quantitative genetics, statistical genetics and international aspects of animal breeding. His species of interest include dairy and beef cattle, swine and sheep. He holds joint appointments in the Department of Animal Sciences and in the Department of Biostatistics.
Laura L. Hernandez
Room: Room 864 Animal Sciences
Phone: (608) 263-9867
Dr. Hernandez's research focuses on autocrine/paracrine factors that regulate milk synthesis and secretion, particularly during the transition periods of pregnancy to lactation and lactation to the dry period. The goal of Dr. Hernandez's research is to elucidate novel methods for improving the ability of dairy cattle to maximize their lactation potential, either by improving the transition to lactation and/or alleviating dry period issues.
Physiology and Management
Room: 282 Animal Sciences
Dr. Ruegg's extension program is focused on enhancing on-farm implementation of best management practices to improve milk quality and safety. Her research interests are focused on the application of epidemiologic techniques to critical issues related to milk quality and safety.
For More Information: http://www.uwex.edu/milkquality
Room: 280 Animal Sciences
Dr. Shaver's extension and research programs focus on applied nutrition of lactating dairy cattle. His research focuses on improving nutrient utilization of corn silage and corn grain and B-vitamin supplementation of dairy diets.
For More Information: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/dairynutrition/contact.cfm
Amy L. Stanton
Animal Well-Being Specialist
Room: 281 Animal Sciences
Phone: (608) 890-4781
Nutrition & Management
Room: 434 Animal Sciences
Dr. Wattiaux's instructional responsibilities include teaching ruminant nutrition and dairy management courses. Michel has a strong research interest in nutrient management systems and their application to dairy operations around the world.
For More Information: http://dairynutrient.wisc.edu/
Room: 934B Animal Sciences building
Phone: 608 263-7786
Dr. White's research program focuses on hepatic carbon flux during the coordinated responses to the transition to lactation, nutrition, and stress in dairy cattle. The goals of Dr. White's research program are to improve our understanding of the regulation of glucose, energy, and lipid metabolism to allow for improvement of feeding strategies, manipulation of metabolic capacity and efficiency, and development of intervention and treatment strategies of metabolic disorders.
Room: 850 Animal Sciences
Dr. Wiltbank studies the regulation of ovarian function. Basic studies focus on the regulation of hormonal receptors in the corpus luteum and developing ovarian follicle. Applied studies focus on development of methods that allow timed artificial insemination and improve pregnancy reates in dairy cattle.