Student Profile: Nicole Pralle BS’19

Name: Nicole Pralle
Hometown: Humbird, WI
High School: Osseo-Fairchild
Class Size: 54
Major(s): Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communications with a Certificate in Business Management for Agricultural & Life Sciences




Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison?
I have always viewed UW-Madison as a pillar of innovation within the dairy industry. UW is known for their dairy research that helps producers be more progressive, allowing them to grow their businesses. I wanted to be a part of and learn at a world-renowned university where the faculty has been instrumental in moving the dairy industry forward. Attending UW-Madison for dairy science was an easy decision for me, one that in hindsight has led to amazing agricultural experiences I will never forget.

What has been your most memorable college experience?
I had the opportunity to experience Mexican agriculture for two weeks with eight other classmates in Professor Michel Wattiaux’s Dairy Science 473: Study Abroad Field Program in Mexico course. In the course we saw first-hand the multi-dimensional nature of dairy production, food security and the overall Mexican agricultural industry. The industry knowledge and cultural experiences I gained from the trip has significantly impacted my view of the world and future goals.

What has been your favorite course?
Dairy Science 375: Dairy Nutrition Experience has definitely been my favorite course. It gave me a chance to apply the knowledge I learned in my nutrition courses to a real-world industry experience. This was a three-part class that included a farm management audit, attendance at the Leading Producer Conference and seminars at the Purina Nutrition Center in Gray Summit, MO.

What are your future career goals?
After graduating in May I hope to work in the dairy industry doing sales and marketing. I love travel and meeting new people, which peaks my interest in a potential international sales opportunity.

Christmas in Dairyland brings holiday cheer and support for dairy youth

David “Dr. Dave” Dickson was a passionate teacher and successful dairy judging coach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Dave coached teams to the very top, earning seven national championships at the National Intercollegiate Cattle Judging Contest and celebrating 18 team reasons titles at that same national contest – a record that stands to this very day.

In addition to judging, he was also an accomplished artist, singer, musician, and poet. His debut Christmas poem was titled “Bessy the bossy writes to Santa Claus,” and aired over the radio on The Larry Meiller Show in 1968. It was such a hit, that reprints were made and distributed across the country and world. It eventually became a 25-year tradition for Dr. Dave to write a new dairy-related poem each holiday season, many of which were also published in the December issues of Hoard’s Dairyman magazine.

Twenty-seven of Dr. Dave’s poems were first put together in a printed collection in 1996 titled Christmas in Dairyland, and have since been transformed by Hoard’s Dairyman into a second edition earlier this year. The book has a brand new look and feel, and is complete with fresh illustrations created by Matti Powers, a local artist who grew up on a hobby farm just outside of Clinton, Wisconsin.

Larry Meiller, Professor Emeritus at the UW-Madison Department of Life Sciences Communication (previously Agricultural Journalism), wrote in his foreword for the book, “Most people don’t associate poetry with dairy farming, but those people probably never met UW Dairy Science Professor Dave Dickson . . . His poems are at once amusing and passionate, educational and whimsical. They invoke a nostalgia for the way things used to be and offer promise for what might yet to come in dairying,”

Dr. Dave passed away in 2010 after a courageous battle against cancer. To continue his mission, Hoard’s Dairyman is donating a portion of the book’s proceeds to the David P. Dickson Foundation in support of hands-on educational opportunities for dairy youth.

Copies of the book can be purchased through their online bookstore at

Reflections: Allan N. Bringe, dairy science professor emeritus in extension milk quality

Madison – Allan N. Bringe, age 83, passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Agrace Hospice Residential. Allan was the son of Alfred and Margaret Bringe.

They had a dairy farm in Holmen, Wisconsin where Allan spent his young life. He graduated from Holmen High School in 1953. He went on to earn his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1958 he married Joyce Clay from Tomah, Wisconsin.

He was appointed to the Dairy Science faculty at UW-Madison in 1959. After completion of his Ph.D he was appointed full Professor. Allan worked extensively in mastitis, milk quality and milking management. Under Allan’s leadership Wisconsin became the leader in development of the somatic cell testing program in cooperation with DHIA. He traveled international and nationally teaching the Practice of producing Quality Milk.

Allan celebrated his Norwegian heritage sharing fellowship in Madison Torske Kluibben, Madison Ygdrasil Literary Society, and the Scandinavian Club of Sun City Grand in Surprise, Arizona. He liked Lutefisk, lefse and Uffda jokes. Favorite pastimes were with family camping, fishing, hunting, and golfing.

Allan was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Margaret Bringe. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; two children; Neal (Lida) Bringe and Ann (Richard) Schmidt; eight grandchildren, Russell (Crystal), Abigail, Kevin Schmidt, Peter (Melody), John, Gloria, Thomas and Nathanael Bringe; two great-grandchildren, Alfred and Katherine Bringe; two brothers, Russell (Carol) and Erwin Bringe; nephews, David (Kim) and James (Kendra) Bringe, Martin Bringe; and niece, Susan (David) Chase.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH, 5701 Raymond Road, Madison, with Pastor Joe Brosious officiating. A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at church on Saturday. Burial will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the many caregivers that assisted him during his years through dementia. A special thanks to Agrace Residential, for their care during his final months.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to UW Foundation – Allan and Joyce Bringe Dairy Science Scholarship Fund, US Bank Lockbox 78807, Milwaukee, WI 53278 or a memorial of your choice.