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.

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