Undergraduate Student Profile: Ali Holub

Name: Alexandra Holub

Hometown: Boyd, Wisconsin

High School: Stanley-Boyd

Class Size: 75

Farm: Riverview Dairy Farm

Major: Dairy Science with a certificate in Agricultural Business Management

Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison?  Growing up in Wisconsin, being a Badger is the ultimate goal.  The Diary Science education offered at UW-Madison is one of the best you can receive.  Attending UW-Madison has always been important to me, so I worked hard to be able to meet the qualifications and be accepted here.

What has been your most memorable college experience?  There have been so many, but getting involved in the clubs on campus like Saddle and Sirloin and Badger Dairy Club have been some of the most memorable.  These clubs offered me the opportunity to be involved in events like World Dairy Expo and the Badger Kick-Off Classic.

What has been your favorite course?  My favorite course was Milo Wiltbank’s Reproductive Management course, Dairy Science 534. Dr. Wiltbank had us  in the barn breeding and ultra-sounding cows every day, which was an incredible experience. It’s courses like this, taught by internationally recognized professors, that make UW-Madison such a great learning environment.

What are your future career goals?  I will be working for Form A Feed as a nutrition and production specialist, focusing on dairy. Growing up on a dairy farm and doing two feed internships has given me a strong passion for working with farmers to help them scale goals set for their herd.

Part-time student Employment at the Dairy Cattle Center

Student Job Opportunity

The Dairy Cattle Center on campus is looking for part-time student employees to work during the school year.

Purpose: To be an integral part in caring for part of the UW Department of Dairy Science’s research herd. Employees are expected to follow procedures to ensure quality research and a clean and organized dairy barn.

Work Environment: An 84-cow tie-stall barn with a double-6 herringbone parlor. Cows are fed a TMR with a Rissler feed mixer.

Schedule: Shifts are from 4:15 AM until around 8:00 AM and 4:15 PM until 7:30 PM. Mid-day cleaning shifts are from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Hours are flexible, but most students work around 8-10 hours per week. Student employees rotate weekends that they work.

Click here to see the DCC Job Description and here for the application

Fore more information, please contact Caleb Hamm at chamm@wisc.edu


Karen Nielsen Recognized by CALS for Excellence in International Activities

The Excellence in International Activities Award recognizes an individual engaged in international research, instruction, outreach, program development, or service. The 2018 International Activities Award goes to Karen Nielsen, Outreach Program Manager in the Department of Dairy Science.

Karen D. Nielsen, Dairy Science, poses for a picture with the Excellence in International Activities Award, Dean Kate VandenBosch, left, and Director of International Programs Sundaram Gunasekaran, during the 2018 CALS Awards at the Ebling Symposium Center at UW-Madison in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

Since arriving on campus, Karen has made international connections between UW–Madison and the rest of the world. In particular, she has facilitated deep collaborative relationships between the Department of Dairy Science and the dairy industry in China. Countless professionals and firms in both China and the U.S. have benefitted from this remarkable relationship.

Karen also developed training programs used by the Wisconsin Army National Guard during deployments to Afghanistan a few years ago. She enabled soldiers to train local citizens in farming and harvesting techniques.

Karen’s extensive, high-impact, and far-reaching efforts to manage research, instruction, outreach, and program development internationally are what make her so deserving of this award.

Congratulations, Karen!