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


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!

UW-Madison Dairy Science Students Win First Place at National Dairy Challenge

VISALIA, CA. – Students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Dairy Science took first place at the National Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge, held April 12-14 in Visalia, CA.

Ted Halbach, coach, Logan Voigts, Charles Hamilton, Connor Willems, Anthony Schmitz, and Dr. David Combs, coach.

Dairy Challenge is an applied dairy management competition that requires students to analyze a commercial farm and present their observations and management recommendations to a panel of industry professionals. Judges include dairy producers, veterinarians, farm finance specialists and agribusiness personnel. 

34 universities and two aggregate teams participated in the 2018 Dairy Challenge, with nine teams of four students competing on each of the four contest dairies. The team from UW-Madison included Connor Willems, of Reedsville, Wis., Anthony Schmitz, of Fond du Lac, Wis., Logan Voigts, of Belmont, Wis., and Charles Hamilton, of Cuba City, Wis. They were coached by Ted Halbach, faculty associate in dairy management, and David Combs, professor of dairy nutrition and management.

The team analyzed Rancho Sierra Vista Dairy from Visalia, CA. The free stall dairy operation milks 2,450 cows in a double 32 herringbone parlor with 22 full-time employees. The herd’s average production is 88 lbs. of milk per cow, per day, which ranks in the top 50 percent of California dairies.  The operation also raises 3200 young stock, including dairy steers.

On the Rancho Sierra Vista Dairy Cornell University placed second. Other teams that competed on this farm were: Delaware Valley University, Dordt College, Purdue University, University of Idaho, University of Illinois, University of Maine at Orono and Tarleton State University.

In addition to UW-Madison, first place team awards went to California Polytechnic State University, Iowa State University and Michigan State University. Each member of the winning teams received $200 scholarships.

for more information, contact Ted Halbach at (608) 263-3305 or