New Student Highlight: Kathryn Ritz, M.S.

Kathryn Ritz, M.S., has joined Dr. Heather White’s lab as a Ph.D. student in order to focus on transition cow health, specifically hepatic nutrient partitioning and metabolism. Kathryn hopes to learn more about risk factors and biomarkers to monitor transition cow health and to find strategies to improve dairy cow health during the transition period.

Kathryn is an alumna of UW-Madison, as she did her undergraduate studies here. After graduation, Kathryn pursued her M.S. at the University of Minnesota and accepted a position with Zinpro upon completion. See more about Kathryn in the “Members” tab.

We are looking forward to the exciting research Kathryn will be exploring and are thrilled to have her in the lab!

Congratulations Ryan!

Ryan completed and received his Ph.D in Dairy Science Nutrition in July 2020. He will be continuing in academia as an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a split appointment between teaching and research. Congratulations and good luck Ryan!!!

Progressive Dairy: Feb 2020

A follow-up article has been published in Progressive Dairy called “Feed efficiency and metabolic health: How might we improve them both in the transition cow?“. Dr. Rafael Caputo Oliveira was also an author for this new article, as it explores the calculated feed and nitrogen efficiency, as well as circulating insulin concentrations during the transition to lactation period. The data comes from the manuscript “Postpartum supplementation of fermented ammoniated condensed whey improved feed efficiency and plasma metabolite profile” which was Editor’s Choice in March 2019 in the Journal of Dairy Science.

This article complements a previous article in which Dr. Heather White and Michael de Veth, Vice President of Fermented Nutrition, explored how and why Glucoboost, the product being discussed, is beneficial to transition cows.


Congratulations Rafael!

Rafael completed and received his Ph.D in Dairy Science Nutrition in December 2019. He will be working for Adisseo as a Technical Service Manager by designing TMRs and feed rations for farms in the Upper Midwest, Northeast, and South territories. Congratulations and good luck Rafael!!!

US Farm Report: Undergraduate Appearance

The US Farm Report is out, and UW-Madison makes quite the appearance! Students at the undergraduate and graduate level are featured throughout the video, which exemplifies the enthusiasm, dedication, and passion the students have for what they do. At the 21 minute mark of the video, the report is taken at the Dairy Cattle Center (DCC) on the UW-Madison campus and features an undergraduate student, Michael Moede. Michael is majoring in Dairy Science and works in Dr. Heather White’s lab. His interest in cows began at a young age, and he plans to be involved in the dairy industry in the future.

Farrington Internship for Research

This summer, UW-Madison and Tuskegee University partnered together through a Farrington Internship to help Animal Science students determine career paths. The White Lab was pleased to have Naomi Waldon, an Animal Science major at Tuskegee, assist with feed efficiency projects and have her own independent laboratory project.

Naomi did not have lots of experience with cows at first, but that did not stop her! With guidance from graduate student Malia, Naomi was able to weigh cows, draw blood, and understand the inner workings of a farm. She was also able to work in the lab for an independent project which was an extension of Claira’s Master’s work. Even though she had some prior experience from lab courses taken at Tuskegee, the experience itself allowed her to shape her future goals for her career path after graduation.

It was great having Naomi in the lab, and we wish her best of luck in her endeavors!

Left: Malia (left) and Naomi (right) pipette serum into microcentrifuge tubes after collection from cows for lab analysis. Thanks to Michael P. King for the photograph.

Right: Naomi sets up the Catachem, an autoanalyzer, for analysis of the serum samples in the lab.

Congratulations Claira!

Claira received her Master’s degree early May 2019 and has decided to continue her dairy science education by going back to Cornell University to do a Ph.D. with Dr. Jessica McArt. Congratulations and good luck Claira!!!