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.

Undergraduate Student Profile: Meghan Skiba

Name: Meghan Skiba

Hometown: Cambridge, MN

High School: Cambridge-Isanti High School

Class Size: 380

Farm: Diamond S Farm – Skiba’s Registered Jerseys

Major: Dairy Science and Agricultural Business Management

Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison?

After my campus visit to a snow-covered Madison on President’s Day 2014 during a blizzard, I knew I wanted to be a Badger. I attended UW-Madison for the rigorous and world-renownedDairy Science Program. I was excited to begin my college career in an area of study where I am most passionate at a prestigious research university. Growing up on my family’s dairy farm, I had many opportunities to learn alongside my family, but coming to UW-Madison has surely continued to engage my interest and passion in dairy.

What has been your most memorable college experience?

Throughout my four years in Madison, I have had the chance to be involved in so many organizations and opportunities on campus. Most recently, I just finished up planning the Breakfast on the Farm event put on by the Association of Women in Agriculture. I became involved with this event my first year in college, and I have continued being a part of this campus-wide event since then. With each year a little bit different than the previous, it has truly been a rewarding experience to play a greater role in our community when it comes to agriculture education. Having the ability to interact with students across campus, as well as those in the greater Madison community, has continued to inspire me to share my passion for dairy.  

What has been your favorite course?

My favorite course has been Animal Physiology 373. This class is a great all-encompassing course as it is a combination of all my physiology courses on reproduction, lactation, nutrition, and animal health and disease management. It allows me to tie together all the topics learned in these individual courses to be able to see how each of the areas of physiology have been important to my dairy science degree.   

What are your future career goals?

I hope to be able to be a positive role model and an asset to the dairy industry in my advocacy and public interaction. My interests are in nutrition and animal health, and I am excited to begin my professional career working with farmers and industry representatives.

 

Undergraduate Student Profile: Tony Schmitz

Name: Anthony Schmitz

Hometown: Fond du Lac, WI

High School: Saint Mary’s Springs Academy

Farm: Schmitz’s Eastbranch Dairy

Major: Dairy Science with a Certificate in Agricultural Business Management

 

Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison?

I chose to attend UW-Madison due to their nationally recognized Dairy Science program and the opportunity to learn from some of the best Dairy Science professors in the world.

What has been your most memorable college experience?

My most memorable experiences have been the study tours and trips I have been able to take advantage of through my involvement with the Collegiate Farm Bureau and Badger Dairy Club.

What has been your favorite course?

Dairy Science 311/313, Ruminant Nutrition and Diet Formulation Lab, was my favorite course because it allowed me to apply my knowledge from biochemistry classes in practical and real situations. The knowledge that I gained in the class will surely serve me well in the future.

Following graduation, I will be working for Kerry Ingredients in management and operations. In the future, I hope to work in food manufacturing and processing or dairy farming and make a real impact on the food supply chain of the world.

Undergraduate Student Profile: Megan Lauber

 

Name: Megan Lauber

Hometown: Union Grove, WI

Farm: Lauber Farm/Hillpine Holsteins

Major: Dairy Science with Certificate in Agricultural Business Management

Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison?

I chose to come to UW-Madison because of the beautiful campus and atmosphere as well as the great agriculture programs, clubs, and research opportunities.

What has been your most memorable college experience?

One of my most memorable college experiences was studying abroad in Mexico for two weeks.  It was interesting to see and learn about the biodiversity of Mexico, their dairy production systems, other agriculture commodities, trade, and how it affects our food system.

What has been your favorite course?

My favorite courses have been lactation physiology, animal physiology, and animal ag and sustainable development.

What are your future career goals?

My career goal is to work as a dairy nutritionist focusing on calf and young heifer programs while continuing to be active on my family’s dairy farm.

Staff Spotlight: Cathy Rook

 

How long have you been with the department? Tell us a little bit about your daily routine.

I’ve been here for 10 years, and with my various responsibilities dealing with students, faculty and visitors, my day is full of interruptions! I’m the Student Services Coordinator for undergraduate and graduate students, which means students can come if they need assistance with credits or enrollment. Over the years I’ve continue to take on additional responsibilities. The longer I’m here the more I know, and the more people rely on me to provide them with information of all kinds.

You are a co-chair of the annual Dairy Science Dave Dickson Memorial Golf Classic, what’s that like?

It’s great; I think it’s really important as it’s the only fundraiser the department does to raise scholarship money for undergraduate students and various hands on learning experiences for them such as research and travel opportunities. In the past, my duties have included handling registration and keeping track of the teams, but somehow we all end up juggling a lot more when the event comes around!

Tell us about the University staff recognition award you recently received.

I was nominated by Nancy Helminowksi with input from department chair Kent Weigel and some other faculty members. It’s awarded annually to one faculty member across all CALS departments; it was a great honor to be recognized and receive it last May.

Anything else you want people to know?

Well everyone knows most about me, but I’d say just how much I like working for this department.  I like the people, they’re real and down to earth. I always say, “If someone is walking around with manure on their shoes, they can’t be all bad.”

Where can we find you when you’re not here?

At home reading or doing yard work (when it’s warm!).

Thanks for all of your hard work, Cathy! The Department of Dairy Science is lucky to have you.

Undergraduate Student Profile: Connor Willems

 

Name: Connor Willems

Hometown: Reedsville, Wisconsin

High School: Reedsville High School

Class Size: 50

Farm:

Major: Dairy Science

 

Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison?

I decided to attend UW-Madison because of its status as a world-renowned leader in education and research. Additionally, the Dairy Science department at UW has a strong relationship with the dairy industry in Wisconsin, and I knew that this would ensure enriching experiences for me such as playing an integral role at World Dairy Expo or traveling to California and the Northeast to experience dairying in those areas.

 

What has been your most memorable college experience?

My most memorable college experience would be taking a trip out to the central valley of California with the Badger Dairy Club; it was great to to be able to see a number of different dairy farms and how they manage their operations. I got the chance to network with producers from the California dairy industry and explore dairying outside of Wisconsin.

 

What has been your favorite course/courses?

My favorite courses thus far have been Dairy Science 233 and 234, Dairy Herd Management. The class has both lecture and lab sections, so I was able to get hands on farm experience while also hearing from many prominent figures from the dairy industry share their experiences and knowledge. I believe the varied aspects provided me with a great foundation to achieve success in the future.

 

What are your future career goals?

I would like to pursue a career in dairy consulting and nutrition after I graduate in May.  I have completed two internships with Cargill Animal Nutrition and have really enjoyed my experience with them!

Undergraduate Student Profile: Elizabeth Sarbacker

Name: Elizabeth Sarbacker

Hometown: Verona, WI

High School: Verona Area High School

Class Size: Around 400

Farm: Fischerdale Holsteins

Major: Dairy Science with Agriculture Business Management Certificate

Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison?  I chose the University of Wisconsin-Madison because of my passion for the dairy cow. I fell in love with the dairy industry by following around my four older brothers and father on the farm. Once they grew up, they all attended UW-Madison majoring in Dairy Science. I heard first-hand about the university and the world renowned Dairy Science program. When it came time for me to go to college, I knew there was only one place and one major for me. I am so thankful to have grown up on a dairy farm so that I could find my passion. I’m grateful for the choice I made because I am absolutely loving every part of UW-Madison and the Dairy Science major.

What has been your most memorable college experience? My most memorable college experience is outside of the classroom. The most memorable experiences are the people I meet in the clubs that I have joined. When I started college, I became a member of the Association of Women in Agriculture, Badger Dairy Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Collegiate Judging Team, and National Agri-Marketing Association. These clubs allowed me to meet and grow strong relationships with peers that led to memories and experiences that will last a lifetime.

What has been your favorite course? I don’t have a favorite class, but I enjoy the classes that are very hands-on and applicable to real life situations. For example, I like to learn in the classroom then have a lab where I can apply what I just learned.

What are your future career goals? After graduation, I would like to pursue a marketing career in the dairy industry. More specifically, I would like to have a job where I can benefit farmers. I would like to stay in Wisconsin, hopefully close to my home farm, in Verona. At night, I would love to help on my family’s dairy farm, Fischerdale Holsteins, where my passion started. This way I can motivate myself to work hard for the producers and come home to see it pay off on a family-owned dairy farm.

Undergraduate Student Profile: Logan Voigts

Name: Logan Voigts

Hometown: Belmont, WI

High School: Belmont High School

Class Size: 26

Farm: Voigtscrest Holsteins

Major: Dairy Science

Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison?

Coming to Badger football games throughout high school is really what drove me to come to this university.  The atmosphere in this town on a gameday is second to none and that really inspired me to come here.  This paired with one of the best dairy science departments in the nation made it an easy choice.

What has been your most memorable college experience?

Being a student on this campus opens the door for a tremendous amount of opportunities, but my favorite one must be working at world dairy expo.  My first year working it was crazy to me seeing just how much work went into making expo function, and getting to be a part of that was a great experience.  It’s a great opportunity to get away from school and classes for a while, while working with friends and networking with industry professionals.

What has been your favorite course?

DySci 233 and 234, Dairy Herd Management I & II, has easily been my favorite course.  In this class we would go through different units that covered different fields of the dairy industry, taught by professionals of those respective fields.  This class is entirely applicable to my career and the second semester we visited farms every other week to make this knowledge hands on.

What are your future career goals?

My goal for the future is to become a genetic consultant or other closely related profession in the genetic field where I can help farmers improve the genetic potential of their herd.

 

Undergraduate Student Profile: Bradley Warmka


Name:
Bradley Warmka
Hometown: Fox Lake, WI
High School: Waupun Area Jr./Sr. High School
Class Size: 177
Farm: Warmka Holsteins (500 cows)
Major: Dairy Science with a certificate in Ag Business Management

Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison?

I chose to attend UW-Madison because it is one of the top dairy science programs in the country. In addition, the staff at UW-Madison is full of well-known industry professionals which allow me to make connections. UW-Madison gave me the best opportunity to learn and develop into the best that I can be.

What has been your most memorable college experience?

My most memorable experiences in college are when I get to venture outside of the classroom to participate in hands on learning and meet other industry professionals. Getting the chance to network with others is very beneficial because it allows me to make new connections in the industry.

What has been your favorite course?
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It is hard to nail down just one class as my favorite throughout my education, but there are two classes that I am just beginning this spring and I believe they will have a high impact on my education while here at UW-Madison. DY SCI 375: Training for Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge and DY SCI 535 Dairy Farm Management Practicum are the two classes that I am excited to get further into. These classes will combine all the skills that I have learned in my first three and a half years of college and I can directly apply them when consulting with local farms, which is a skill I value highly.

What are your future career goals?

As of now my future goals are to someday be back on the home farm, but as my college career is winding down I cannot wait to see some of the opportunities that may be presented to me.