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March 2013
Meat and More in Grow Magazine
CALS Student Inventors Win Prizes
Video: CALS' Changing Student Body
Save the Date: Ride to Farm June 1
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Welcome Cows Back to Campus
Cow Please join Dean Kate VandenBosch and dairy science department chair Kent Weigel on Saturday, March 9 as we celebrate the return of CALS cows to the renovated Dairy Cattle Center on the UW-Madison campus. Doors at the facility (1815 Linden Drive) will be open from 9-11:30 a.m.

The Dairy Cattle Center is used for teaching dairy science and Farm and Industry Short Course classes, hands-on training for veterinarians, and research projects that require close monitoring by campus-based scientists.

The renovation project began in May 2012 and focused on improving animal care and comfort.
Now Online: Spring Issue of Grow Magazine
Grow Spring 2013 Please enjoy the latest issue of Grow magazine featuring:
* Meats Made in Wisconsin CALS is working with state and industry partners to ensure that meats made in Wisconsin emulate the success of Wisconsin's artisan cheese.

* The Locavore School A program with deep roots at CALS helps school districts get more goods from Wisconsin farmers onto students' lunch trays. 

* South of the Colorful Clouds China's Yunnan province is one of the most biologically diverse and sensitive regions of the world---and it is now facing unprecedented pressure to develop. CALS researchers travel there to explore how to best preserve nature and traditional livelihoods.

Plus--win a gift certificate to the Babcock Hall dairy store by acing our Final Exam!
CALS Student Inventors Win Prizes
Two CALS projects received top recognition at
UW-Madison Innovation Days, an annual student invention competition that is open to all UW-Madison undergrads.

The first prize was for a fishing rod holder invented by biological systems engineering senior Justin Vannieuwenhoven. By self-adjusting as boats bob in choppy water, the rod holder keeps the bait steady relative to the bottom of a body of water--and thus looks more natural to fish.

A second CALS winner was "TreeREX," a safe, portable tree stand for hunters created by BSE senior Luke Stedman and mechanical engineering senior Steve Burbach (pictured).

Read more about these and other inventions at 2013 Innovation Days.
Video with Dean Kate Looks at Changing CALS Enrollment
Cheyenne Photo Shoot The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board produced this short video addressing the changing landscape of CALS enrollment featuring Dean VandenBosch and undergraduate student Cheyenne Lentz.

Enrollment changes include student demographics--more women than men, and more international students--as well as an increase in overall student numbers, which have gone up by 33 percent in the last decade.

Ride to Farm on June 1: Save the Date 

Ride to Farm
Last year's riders took a break at Culver's
Ride to Farm is a 60-mile (100K) bicycle ride to raise awareness and funds for the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers (WSBDF), which offers hands-on training to individuals in the pasture-based dairy and livestock industries.  


This year's ride takes place on Saturday, June 1. It will start and finish in Barneveld and includes a lunch stop in Spring Green and farm rest stops featuring local food. More info/registration available soon on the event website.


Help CALS Find ABCs on Campus
the letter K We're collecting images to create a photo alphabet. Look around as you're out and about on the CALS campus and see if you can find letters like the "K" in the image featured. Look in nature, architecture or objects--our alphabet is everywhere.

If you see a letter, please snap a picture and share it with CALS External Relations by emailing it to You can tell others about the project by distributing this flyer.

Keep your eyes peeled for how we use your letters!
Land Conservation for the Public Good

The Sand County Foundation, a private, nonprofit conservation group dedicated to working with private landowners to advance the use of ethical and scientifically sound land management practices, is hosting "Innovations on the Land" at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  


The symposium is scheduled for July 25-26 and is for private landowners and a variety of other stakeholders who want to share information about land conservation for the public good. More information here.

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