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 Sydney Endres at: sfendres@wisc.edu

 

UW-MADISON DAIRY SCIENCE STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AT NATIONAL MANAGEMENT CONTEST

Students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Dairy Science earned second place honors at the National North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge Contest, which was held March 30-April 1 in Visalia, CA.

Four-person teams from 36 universities competed at the event. The team from UW-Madison included Henry Holdorf, Ellsworth, Wis., Jessica Pralle, Humbird, Wis., Courtney McCourt, Saint Cloud, Wis., and Max Shenkenberg, Burlington, Wis. They were coached by Ted Halbach, faculty associate in dairy management, and David Combs, professor of dairy nutrition and management.

“The members of this team put themselves in a position for success with their preparation leading up to the competition,” says Halbach. “It was especially helpful that we had a chance to do some area herd visits in the days before the contest given the differences in California versus Midwest dairying.”

What a privilege it is to work closely with students that have passion and a desire to learn like these four. We couldn’t be prouder of their performance,” continued Halbach.

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

The team made recommendations to a 5,000-cow dairy farm in the central valley of California that focused on improving their milk quality and heifer reproduction performance. Seeing how different farms operate is the best part of the competition for some team members.

Edging out UW-Madison for first place on the farm was Virginia Tech University. Other schools in this grouping included: California Polytechnic State University, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, University of Illinois, Utah State University, McGill University and the University of Maine at Orono.

“We are very proud of our Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge team for their fine performance in California,” says Kent Weigel, chair of the Department of Dairy Science. “On behalf of the department, I would like to thank the event sponsors and planning committee for providing such an excellent, hands-on learning experience for our students.”

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Photo: DYSCI Dairy Challenge Team 2017

Caption: From left to right: Ted Halbach, coach, Henry Holdorf, Courtney McCourt, Jessica Pralle, and Max Shenkenberg.

 

Dave Dickson Memorial Golf Classic

Dave Dickson Memorial Golf Classic

Department of Dairy Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://dysci.wisc.edu/ • (608) 262-3308

For Immediate Release
For More Information:
Ted Halbach (608) 263-3305 or (608) 219-5289
tjhalbach@wisc.edu

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR THE 2017 DAIRY SCIENCE GOLF CLASSIC
Money Raised Supports Undergraduate Programs

Good news for Wisconsin golfers is that after a long winter the grass is finally starting to green. No doubt, this sign of spring and warming temperatures has you dreaming about those fun days on the golf course with your buddies. Why not get the rust off your clubs and kick-off your season at the UW-Madison Dairy Science’s Dave Dickson Memorial Golf Classic? This year’s outing is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17 at the award winning University Ridge Golf Course in Madison.

University Ridge is the home course of the UW Badgers and will again play host to the PGA’s Champions Tour, American Family Insurance Championship in June.

The golf outing is the department’s primary fundraising event. All proceeds support the dairy science department’s undergraduate student scholarship program and high impact learning activities such as student travel, hands-on learning laboratories, and undergraduate research. Last year’s outing raised nearly $30,000 for those programs.

The Golf Classic uses a scramble format, where each team member plays the ball closest to the hole after each shot. The event is open to the public. A registration fee of $135 per golfer pays for 18 holes of golf, cart rental, free lunch and lots of prizes. The registration fee after April 20 will be $150.

Individuals or companies can support the event through a sponsorship or donation. One option is to sponsor a hole for $300 or $800 (the latter includes a team registration for four golfers). Beverage, lunch, breakfast and brat cookout sponsorships for $600 or $1,000 are also available and come with special event signage.

There will be both a silent and live auction, featuring a variety of dairy-related items and sports memorabilia. Donations of auction items are welcome and will be accepted until May .

“It’s a great way to socialize and have fun, but more importantly, the event benefits our students. This is an opportunity to invest in the future of the dairy industry,” says Kent Weigel, chairman of the UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science.

Additional information and the registration brochure can be found at dysci.wisc.edu. To learn more about donations or sponsorships contact Cathy Rook by email at rook@wisc.edu or phone at 608-263-3308. Don’t delay!

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Upcoming Dairy Science Visit Day

 

News and Features
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://news.cals.wisc.edu • news@cals.wisc.edu • (608) 262-3172

For Immediate Release
For More Information:
Ted Halbach (608) 263-3305
tjhalbach@wisc.edu

 

UW-MADISON DAIRY SCIENCE TO HOLD VISIT DAY APRIL 12

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Dairy Science invites prospective students and their parents to visit campus on    Wednesday, April 12, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., to explore what the program has to offer.

Those attending will get a firsthand look at one of the world’s leading dairy science departments as they tour the UW-Madison campus and Dairy Cattle Center, meet faculty, participate in hands-on workshops and learn about the wide variety of learning opportunities available to dairy science majors. Current students and alumni will be on hand to answer questions and share their experiences.

The UW-Madison undergrad dairy science program emphasizes a combination of cutting-edge, science-based knowledge and hands-on experience. Award-winning research and extension faculty teach more than 20 undergraduate courses covering nutrition, reproduction, mammary physiology, genetics and other aspects of dairy management.  On-campus, state-of-the art dairy facilities enhance the learning experience.

“For high school students, spring of their junior year is really when I would recommend they start taking campus visits,” says Kent Weigel, professor and chair of the dairy science department. “Making a college visit and touring the campus can be pivotal in a student’s decision to attend college and what schools they end up applying to.”

“Students are often amazed by the small-school feel of our ag campus and the extra benefits they get studying at a Big Ten university,” states Weigel.  “That, and our proximity to the heart of the dairy industry, is what makes UW-Madison such a special place for our students to attend college.”

For UW-Madison admission eligibility, it is recommended that seniors rank in the top 25 percent of their high school class. Transfer students must have completed at least 24 semester hours of college–level work. Most transfer students have a GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

To attend the Dairy Science Spring Visit Day, please register on-line by April 7 at dysci.wisc.edu.  For more information, contact Cathy Rook at (608) 263-3308 or rook@wisc.edu.

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Midwest Dairy Challenge Draws Largest Group of Students in 12 Years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Anna Troester, Midwest Dairy Challenge Publicity Chair, (563) 880-4797 or annatroester@gmail.com

Molly Kelley, Executive Director, North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge, (217) 684-3007 or mollyk@dairychallenge.org

 Midwest Dairy Challenge® Draws Largest Group of Students in 12 Years

MADISON, Wisc., February 8-10, 2017– Coming from 10 states across the Midwest, 112 students from 18 colleges and universities gathered in the heart of Madison, Wisc., for the 12th annual Midwest Dairy Challenge. Students came together to gain valuable life, career and dairy management skills, as Dairy Challenge allows collegiates to apply theory and learning on a real-world dairy farm while working as part of a team.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Dairy Science students who participated in the 2017 Midwest Dairy Challenge, along with their coach, Ted Halbach.

The Midwest event expanded in 2017, offering this premier opportunity to 40 additional students compared to previous years, as interest has steadily increased since the first regional event in 2005. “The Madison area is blessed with the necessary resources it takes to expand the Midwest contest,” states Ted Halbach, faculty associate in dairy management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and host of the 2017 Midwest event. “There are a number of progressive dairy operations within a 30-mile radius of campus and a concentration of industry professionals who serve them. We’re pleased to see a number of these folks now working for dairy businesses that have stepped forward as volunteers ‘to give back’ to a program that benefitted them as undergraduate students.”

The three-day event kicked off with seminars on a variety of topics to hone skills and information the students would use in the farm evaluation. Students participated in presentations from industry leaders on benchmarking financials, optimizing cow comfort, mining for data and utilizing PCDart and DairyComp 305. During the first evening, teams of four to five students from different schools met, joined in team building and analyzed herd management data and farm financials. Each team was supported by two mentors from agribusiness or universities, who guided them through the data analysis and farm inspection.

On Thursday, February 9, teams visited one of three farms: Baerwolf Dairies of Sun Prairie, Balleweg Dairies of Sun Prairie and Manthe Farms of DeForest. Teams evaluated their respective farm to make recommendations in nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health, cow comfort and financial management. After working all afternoon on their presentations, students networked with agribusiness sponsors while participating in workshops on etiquette, interviews and career development.

On the third and final day, students presented their analysis to a panel of five judges and the farm owners. Each team delivered a 20-minute presentation on the strengths and areas of opportunity for their respective farm. Students also had the excellent industry networking opportunities with companies at an innovation fair and joined a panel of industry leaders on dairy environmental sustainability efforts.

 The judges awarded the following teams with the first and second place ranking among the eight total teams participating on each farm.

Farm 1, Baerwolf Dairies

First Place: Team 2, consisting of Ty Ax, University of Wisconsin-River Falls; Nicholas Leyendekker, Dordt College; Jessica Pralle, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Jared Sanderson, Michigan State University; and Chelsea Schossow, South Dakota State University

Second Place: Team 4, including Savannah Fagerland, Chippewa Valley Technical College; Laura Jensen, University of Minnesota; Seth Kathman, College of the Ozarks; Greta Stridsberg, The Ohio State University; and Jacob Weg, South Dakota State University

Farm 2, Ballweg Dairies

First Place: Team 16, comprised of Emily Butler, Michigan State University; Sydney Endres, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Angela Evers, The Ohio State University; Blaine Knutson, University of Minnesota; and Michael Rottinghaus, Kansas State University

Second Place: Team 13, including Chad Bruss, University of Wisconsin-Platteville; James Goldsmith, Iowa State University; Courtney McCourt, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Katie McMahon, University of Illinois

Farm 3, Manthe Farms

First Place: Team 21, consisting of Bradley Griswold, University of Wisconsin-Madison; John Maurer, Lakeshore Technical College; Audrey Schmitz, Kansas State University; and Amber Yager, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Second Place: Team 17, including Anthony Barta, Lakeshore Technical College; Lauren Engeman, University of Missouri; Fredrick Mansfield, University of Minnesota; and Mariah Schmitt, Iowa State University

“I am always impressed to see how dairy farms and the entire industry pulls together to give students interested in dairy production this tremendous learning and networking opportunity,” concluded Halbach, who volunteered to repeat as host for the 2018 event.

The Midwest event is one of four regional contests sponsored each year by North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge® (NAIDC). These regional contests – plus a national event for about 250 dairy collegiates – are funded through generous support by 130 agribusinesses and dairy producers. Over its 15-year national history, Dairy Challenge has helped prepare nearly 5,000 students for careers as dairy owners or managers, consultants, researchers, veterinarians or other dairy professionals.

 About Dairy Challenge

NAIDC is an innovative event for students in dairy programs at North American post-secondary institutions. Its mission is to develop tomorrow’s dairy leaders and enhance progress of the dairy industry, by providing education, communication and networking among students, producers, and agribusiness and university personnel. The 2017 national event will be March 30-April 1 in Visalia, CA; details are at www.dairychallenge.org.

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Below are several pictures of UW-Madison students participating in the event.

Brad Warmka observing the farm processes at Ballweg Dairies.

Brad Warmka and Max Shenkenberg doing some team building activities.

Rob Baerwolf, a farm owner and Dairy Science Alum talking to Dairy Science Faculty, Ted Halbach.


Courtney McCourt, analyzing farm records with her teammates.

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison Dairy Science to Host Expanded Midwest Dairy Challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:

Anna Troester, Midwest Dairy Challenge publicity chair, 563-880-6019 or annartroester@gmail.com

Theodore J. Halbach, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Contest Host, 608-263-3305 or tjhalbach@wisc.edu

Madison, Wisconsin December 20, 2016 – University of Wisconsin-Madison will host college dairy students at the Midwest Dairy Challenge, February 8-10, 2017, in Madison, Wisconsin. Dairy Challenge® is a prominent educational event for students planning a career in the dairy industry.

A growing demand among students in the region has led organizers to increase the number of participants from 80 to 120 this year.

“I believe we are uniquely positioned with the necessary resources it takes to grow the Midwest contest,” states Ted Halbach, UW-Madison faculty associate in dairy management.  “No other university has the number of progressive dairy operations located within a 30-mile radius of campus that we do and a concentration of industry professionals who deliver them their services.  Hopefully, a good number of these folks now working in the industry will step forward as volunteers “to give back” to a program that benefitted them as undergrads.”

The Midwest event is one of four regional contests sponsored each year by North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge® (NAIDC). These regional contests – plus a national event for about 300 dairy collegiates – are funded through generous support by 130 agribusinesses and dairy producers. Over its 15-year national history, Dairy Challenge has helped prepare nearly 5,000 students for careers as dairy owners or managers, consultants, researchers, veterinarians or other dairy professionals.

At Dairy Challenge, each team of students puts textbook knowledge to the ultimate test – providing solutions for a dairy. Student participants will be assigned to teams, working with students from other colleges whom they are meeting for the first time. These teams inspect an operating dairy, analyze farm data and interview farm owners. Then they develop recommendations for nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health and housing to help the farm optimize performance and profitability.

Teams will present their recommendations to farm owners – while being evaluated by a panel of five judges including dairy producers, veterinarians, farm finance specialists and industry personnel. In addition to this consulting competition, students have ample opportunity for networking and education.

Media, sponsors and dairy enthusiasts are invited to the following Midwest Dairy Challenge events at the Madison Concourse Hotel. Please make advance arrangements by contacting Anna Troester, Midwest Dairy Challenge Publicity co-chair at 563-880-6019.

Educational seminars          Wed., Feb. 8           3:00-5:00 p.m.              Student Senate

Community service             Wed., Feb. 8           6:15-6:45 p.m.              Wisconsin Ballroom

Student farm visits             Thurs., Feb. 9         8:00-11:00 a.m.             Two area dairy farms

Student presentations         Fri., Feb. 10            7:00-10:45 a.m.             Conference Room

Student presentations         Fri., Feb. 10            11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.     Conference Room

Educational Program           Fri., Feb. 19            8:30-10:00 a.m.             Senate Room AB

Educational Program           Fri., Feb. 19            12:00-1:30 p.m.            Senate Room AB

Industry Innovation Fair     Fri., Feb. 13            8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.       Wisconsin Ballroom

“We would not have been able to accomplish such a big task without the help of the regional and national leadership of NAIDC and I am always impressed to see how the industry pulls together to give students interested in dairy production this tremendous learning and networking opportunity,” concluded Halbach. “I’m privileged to be a part of this effort.”

About Dairy Challenge

NAIDC is an innovative two-day competition for students representing dairy science programs at North American universities. Its mission is to facilitate education, communication and an exchange of ideas among students, agribusiness, dairy producers and universities that enhances the development of the dairy industry and its leaders.

The 2017 national event will be March 30-April 1 in Visalia, CA; details are at www.dairychallenge.org .

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