SIO Director Visits UW-Madison
Neville Lam, director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Shanghai Innovation Office, met with representatives of various schools and research centers across UW-Madison during his visit April 29 - May 3. Read more.
Governor's Trade Mission Meets with the Shanghai Dairy Group
Gov. Scott Walker’s trade mission traveled to China in April to sign agreements with the Shanghai Dairy Group (SDG). Babcock Institute Director Karen Nielsen who was visiting SDG representatives to solidify a training program between Babcock and SDG, served as one of Walker’s trade mission participants. Check out the full story here.
Russian Delegation Meets with Babcock Institute
Three members of a Russian delegation met with the Babcock Institute and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) April 18. Click here to read more.
Babcock Hosts Brazilian Dairy Representative
A Brazilian dairy representative visited the Babcock Institute for a three-day program April 2-4 to gather information about the Wisconsin dairy industry and discuss potential collaborations with his biotechnology organization. Click here to read the full article.
The Dairy Partner/El Companero Newsletter: March/April 2013
Check out the March/April edition of the Dairy Partner/El Companero Newsletter--a publication focused on basic information about dairy cows, farm safety and personal health for dairy farm employees. Written in both English and Spanish, current and past issues of the Dairy Partner/ El Companero newsletter can also be viewed here.
British Consulate-General Representatives Visit UW-Madison
Representatives from the British Consulate-General in Chicago visited the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus March 5 to learn about the research and activities of the university and its related entities. The visitors made their way around campus throughout the day for tours and presentations, which included an overview of the Babcock Institute from Director Karen Nielsen. Read more here.
CDR Dairy Pipeline Newsletter
The Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research puts out a quarterly newsletter - the Dairy Pipeline - that is available in both English and Spanish. You can find a downloaded version of the most recent issue here. Get to know the 2013 Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers, read up on biofilms and get the latest news from CDR. The center has also compiled an archive of past Dairy Pipeline issues.
Babcock Institute's Monthly e-Newsletter: March 2013
In Babcock's March e-Newsletter, we discuss the Institute's future outlook, welcome home the 82nd WING Agribusiness team and visit with British Consulate-General representatives. You can view past newsletters here.
16th Annual International Dairy Short Course
The dates have officially been announced for the 2013 International Dairy Short Course! Clear your calendars from Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2013, and reserve your spot in the Babcock Institute's 16th Annual International Dairy Short Course, which will be held in conjunction with the 2013 World Dairy Expo.
Click here to read about last year's event, and click here for more information -- including registration -- about the 2013 program.
82nd Agribusiness Development Team Returns Home from Afghanistan
The Wisconsin National Guard's 82nd Agribusiness Development Team (ADT) returned home on Feb. 17 from its year-long deployment in Afghanistan. The Babcock Institute had the pleasure of putting the 82nd ADT through a week-long "Ag 101" training program back in July of 2011. Click here for the full story on the 82nd ADT's return, and check out Babcock's WING training program for the 97th ADT this past July.
The Dairy Partner/El Companero Newsletter: January/February 2013
Check out the January/February edition of the Dairy Partner/El Companero Newsletter--a publication focused on basic information about dairy cows, farm safety and personal health for dairy farm employees. Written in both English and Spanish, current and past issues of the Dairy Partner/ El Companero newsletter can also be viewed here.
SABIT Group Visits UW-Madison, Babcock
A delegation from the Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) program visited UW-Madison Jan. 28, where it was greeted by Babcock Institute Director Karen Nielsen and Dairy Science Professor Kent Weigel. After receiving overviews of Babcock's dairy training programs and the Department of Dairy Science, the 17-person group toured the Babcock Hall Dairy Plant and the Emmons Blaine Arlington Dairy Research Center. Read more here.
Nielsen Meets with Shanghai Dairy Group
Babcock Institute Director Karen Nielsen met with representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and the Shanghai Dairy Group Jan. 24 to discuss future collaborations between the organizations.
Babcock Institute's Monthly e-Newsletter: January 2013
In Babcock's January e-Newsletter, we look ahead to programs and events for 2013, send off our friends from the 97th WING team, and welcome a new student employee. You can view past newsletters here.
Babcock Institute's Monthly e-Newsletter: December 2012
In Babcock's December e-Newsletter, we review the past year and talk of plans with Sancor from Argentina. You can view past newsletters here.
Babcock Meets with Argentine Visitors
Babcock Institute and UW-Madison officials met with two Argentine representatives Nov. 13-14 to lay out the workings of a short course program between Babcock and SanCor, a leading dairy production company in Argentina.
In addition to the short course meetings, to be held in June of 2013, SanCor representatives Francisco Candioti and Fabian Manzi took tours of Crave Brothers Farm and Rosy-Lane Holsteins. The visitors also took part in reproductive, dairy cow health and milk quality discussions with UW dairy science professors.
Nielsen Attends National Farmers Cooperatives Conference
Babcock Institute Director Karen Nielsen visited Minneapolis Nov. 9 for the 15th Annual National Farmers Cooperatives Conference. This year's event, focused on the positioning of agricultural cooperatives, featured a number of presentations on international farmer cooperatives. Nielsen had the privilege of meeting with three such speakers and executives from major dairy organizations.
Babcock Institute's Monthly e-Newsletter: November 2012
In Babcock's November e-Newsletter, we host a group of Bulgarian visitors, UW-Madison discusses collaborations with the Shanghai Dairy Group, and we develop a training program for a Japanese cheesemaker! You can view past newsletters here.
Shanghai Dairy Group Visits Babcock
Five representatives from Shanghai Dairy Group (SDG) visited Madison Nov. 1 to meet with UW-Madison and Babcock Institute representatives.
Click here to read more.
Babcock Hosts Bulgarian Cochran Group
The Babcock Institute was pleased to continue its longstanding association with the USDA FAS Cochran Fellowship program this fall, hosting a 10-member group from Bulgaria Oct. 3-13. Click here to read more.
Japanese Cheesemakers Train in Wisconsin
Japanese cheesemakers Mr. Ryota Nakao and Ms. Satomi Harima worked with Wisconsin cheesemaker Chris Roelli at the Roelli Cheese Haus in Shullsburg, Wis., during their visit to Wisconsin Oct. 14-24. Read More
CAU Visits Babcock During World Dairy Expo
Dr. Li Shengli and Dr. Cao Zhijun of China Agriculture University (CAU) in Beijing led a group of 18 dairy industry leaders on a visit to the Babcock Institute Oct. 5-7. Click here to read more.
Babcock Institute's Monthly e-Newsletter: October 2012
Learn about our international dairy short course at this month's World Dairy Expo, read about our visitors from China Agricultural University and more in Babcock's October e-Newsletter! You can view past newsletters here.
Nielsen Meets with Cochran Group from Vietnam
Babcock Institute Director Karen Nielsen met with an eight-person Cochran delegation from Vietnam Oct. 5. Also on hand for the meeting were representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), as well as other dairy-related companies. The Cochran fellows were in town for a two-week dairy training program through the Cochran Fellowship Program, an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that strives to assist countries in developing agricultural systems.
The Dairy Partner/El Companero Newsletter: September/October 2012
Check out the September/October edition of the Dairy Partner/El Companero Newsletter--a publication focused on basic information about dairy cows, farm safety and personal health for dairy farm employees. Written in both English and Spanish, current and past issues of the Dairy Partner/ El Companero newsletter can also be viewed here.
Colombian Dairy Farmers Visit
More than 150 farmers from Colombia attended a training course at UW-Madison's Arlington Agricultural Research Station this year during World Dairy Expo. Due to its size, the group was divided into three sections with each group rotating among training sessions. This allowed our talented lecturers to provide hands-on training. Read More
Brazilian Dairy Delegation Studies Wisconsin Dairy Industry
A 26-person group of dairy industry leaders and producers from Brazil visited the US Dairy Forage Research Center Oct. 3 in Madison, Wis. Click here to read more.
Babcock Institute/World Dairy Expo International Dairy Short Course
From Oct. 1-3, 2012, participants spent their mornings learning from world-renowned professors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Extension and were given the opportunity to expand their knowledge in the afternoons with farm visits and hands-on workshops. Read More
Nielsen Meets with German Group
Babcock Institute Director gave overviews of Babcock and UW-Madison's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to a 21-person German group visiting Madison Sept. 17. Nielsen also gave the group a campus tour.
Babcock Institute's Monthly e-Newsletter: September 2012
Learn about the Babcock Institute's role in next month's World Dairy Expo, read up on our numerous international visitors, and check out an appreciation story on Dr. Dave Wieckert in Babcock's September e-Newsletter. You can view past newsletters here.
CDR Dairy Pipeline Newsletter
The Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research puts out a quarterly newsletter - the Dairy Pipeline - that is available in both English and Spanish. You can find a downloaded version of the most recent issue here. Take a look to read about CDR Sensory's new FIZZ software, cheese plant equipment and other news from CDR. Also, check out an archive of past Dairy Pipeline issues.
Nielsen Meets with Visitors from Kazakstan, France and Pakistan
Babcock Institute Director Karen Nielsen met with Dr. Syzdykov Yerlan, a visitor from Kazakhstan, Aug. 27. Yerlan’s visited Nielsen, as well as other UW-Madison professors and leaders, as part of a larger tour of Wisconsin’s dairy industry.
Nielsen also met with Dr. Catherine Hurtaud, a French representative from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) Aug. 29. Hurtaud was in Madison to share expertise from two renowned agricultural institutions and explore opportunities for future collaborations.
Nielsen later met with Dr. Faisal Farid, a visitor from Pakistan, Aug. 29. A member of the board of trustees at Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan, Farid expressed interest in organizing short-term dairy training programs for entrepreneurs and farm managers.
The Dairy Partner/El Companero Newsletter: July/August 2012
Check out the July/August edition of the Dairy Partner/El Companero Newsletter--a publication focused on basic information about dairy cows, farm safety and personal health for dairy farm employees. Written in both English and Spanish, current and past issues of the Dairy Partner/ El Companero newsletter can also be viewed here.
Babcock Institute's Monthly e-Newsletter: August 2012
Babcock's August e-Newsletter features our week-long Wisconsin National Guard training program and our visitors from Heilongjiang. We also meet with the Indian-based BAIF research foundation and welcome our new student media assistant! You can view past newsletters here.
Visit from Heilongjiang Group
The Babcock Institute hosted seven visitors from Heilongjiang, China, July 25-26. The group comprised members of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Bureaus from Heilongjiang Province. Click here to read more.
Khorana Scholars Visit Madison
Four Indian scholars in the Khorana Program – a student-exchange program between UW-Madison, Indian institutions and other U.S. universities – visited UW-Madison and the Babcock Institute June 25.
The scholars took part in a course that primarily focused on starting up a technology transfer process within a government organization or higher education institution. Such a process would aim to spread technological advancements over a broader range of institutions.
Professor emeritus Dave Wieckert took the group to the Crave Brothers Farm, as the scholars are interested in farming technology and how it could improve practices in India. The group also visited the Argonne National Laboratory – a scientific and engineering research lab – in Lemont, Ill.
UW-Madison’s Department of Biochemistry and the International Programs office through UW-Madison’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences served as the main hosts for the Khorana scholars. It was the first technology transfer course between India and UW-Madison.
BAIF Group from India Visits Madison
Two members from a not-for-profit development research foundation in India visited Madison July 24. Click here to read more.
Babcock, CALS host Wisconsin National Guard Group
The Babcock Institute, along with UW-Madison’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Arlington Agricultural Research Station, hosted an "Ag 101" agricultural training program for a Wisconsin National Guard group from July 23-27, 2012. Click here to read more about and see pictures from the program.
NEW! Babcock Institute e-Newsletter, July 2012
In this month's Babcock Institute e-Newsletter, Babcock and China Agricultural University team up to host the ninth Sino-U.S. Dairy Seminar in Zhengzhou, China. Also in China, UW-Madison Interim Chancellor Dr. David Ward and university faculty celebrate the inauguration of the UW-Madison Shanghai Innovation Office, and Ward signs a Letter of Intent with the Shanghai Dairy Group. A group of French farmers visits UW-Madison, and we welcome the Institute's new student office assistant! You can view past newsletters here.
2012 World Dairy Expo International Short Course
The Babcock Institute’s 15th Annual International Dairy Short Course, held in conjunction with the 2012 World Dairy Expo, is less than three months away. From October 1-3, participants will spend their morning in dairy lectures given by top-line professors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Extension. Afternoons will feature hands-on training workshops – where participants can apply skills and techniques learned in the lectures – as well as farm visits.
Click here to read about last year’s program. The course is presented in English with Spanish translation. We have course registration in English and Spanish.
Nielsen Speaks at Program for Central Asian Group
Babcock Institute Director Karen Nielsen was one of various dairy and agriculture heads to speak to a group of visitors from central Asia at a meeting June 28, 2012. Touching on the U.S. dairy and agriculture industries, Nielsen provided an overview of the Institute’s role in international dairy research and development. Lori Bocher, agriculture information specialist at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, discussed U.S. agriculture and dairy research, while Dr. Phil Simon of the Vegetable Crops Research Unit spoke about his unit’s current research projects. The International Institute of Wisconsin organized the event, which was sponsored by the International Visitor Program of the U.S. Department of State.
The Dairy Partner/El Companero Newsletter, May/June 2012
Check out the May/June edition of the Dairy Partner/El Companero Newsletter--a publication focused on basic information about dairy cows, farm safety and personal health for dairy farm employees. Written in both English and Spanish, current and past issues of the Dairy Partner/ El Companero newsletter can also be viewed here.
French Dairy Group Visits Babcock
Twenty-six French international farmers visited the Babcock Institute Friday, June 8, 2012. The group took tours of the Crave Brothers Farm in Waterloo, Wis., and the UW-Madison campus. Professor David Wieckert also gave a lecture on the U.S. Dairy industry. Click here to read more about the event.
9th Sino-U.S. Dairy Seminar
June 16-18 Zhengzhou, China, the Babcock Institute and China Agricultural University's (CAU) 9th Sino-U.S. Dairy Seminar. The two organizations collaborated for the event, which was held in conjunction with the China World Dairy Expo and Summit. The seminar was once again a success, building upon its reputation throughout China as a supreme educational program on world dairy affairs. Click here for a schedule from the event and click here to read more.
UW-Madison and Babcock Visit Shanghai Dairy Group
A delegation from the Babcock Institute, The UW Department of Dairy Science and the UW-Madison visited with representatives of the Shanghai Dairy Group during an extended trip to China in June. At this time Weiping Shen, president of the Shanghai Dairy Group and UW-Madison Interim Chancellor David Ward signed a letter of intent paving the way for future collaborations. Read More
UW-Madison and Babcock Visit CAU
A group of University of Wisconsin-Madison representatives visited China Agriculture University (CAU) while in Beijing June 14. The two universities attended a discussion seminar, during which representatives from UW-Madison and CAU touched on dairy background, trends and studies. Read More
New! Babcock Institute Discussion Paper
Demand for dairy products in Mexico has steadily increased since the early 1990s. However, the country has not produced enough to keep up with the demand. Therefore, Mexico’s dairy product import amounts have continued to increase. To learn more about the Mexican Dairy industry, download Bird’s Eye View of the Mexican Dairy Industry and on-the-ground Assessment of Production Systems in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico by Michel Wattiaux, Jennifer Blazek, and José de Jesús Olmos Colmenero.
NEW! Babcock Institute e-Newsletter, May-June 2012
A member of our fellowship program achieves an embryo transfer lamb birth, Babcock Institute Director Karen Nielsen presents at the USDA International Science and Education program, and the Institute participates in an Argentinean farm show. It's safe to say the latest Babcock Institute e-Newsletter is packed! View it here.
2011 Bosnia/Herzegovina Cochran Fellow Finds Success
Teodor Markovic, a 2011 Cochran Fellow and Co-Owner of the "TeoLab" in Bosnia and Herzegovina, recently saw embyronic research success after a few months of difficult experimentation abroad. Read more about Markovic's first embryonic birth and see pictures here.
The Dairy Partner/ El Companero Newsletter, March/April 2012 Edition
Check out the March/ April edition of the Dairy Partner/El Companero Newsletter--a publication focused on basic information about dairy cows, farm safety and personal health for dairy farm employees. Written in both English and Spanish, current and past issues of the Dairy Partner/ El Companero newsletter can also be viewed here.
Bulgaria In-Country USDA Training Program
A team of Wisconsin dairy experts returned home last week from leading a dairy management training program for more than 100 Bulgarian dairy producers, veterinarians and other service industry personnel. Trakia University, an agricultural college in central Bulgaria, welcomed the Wisconsin delegation, including: Wisconsin dairy farmer Lloyd Holterman, owner of Rosy-Lane Holsteins, Dr. Matias Fernandez, a veterinarian,and Bob Kaiser, retired dairy agent with UW-Extension.
NEW! Babcock Institute e-Newsletter, April 2012
Catch up with The Babcock Institute in our April edition of the Babcock Institute e-Newsletter. This month we'll check in with our friends from the WI Army National Guard 82nd Agribusiness Development Team in Afghanistan and see how Dr. Pamela Ruegg's Food Safety Initiative in Kosovo is progressing. The Institute also welcomed back a Wisconsin Dairy Delegation from a widely successful training program in Bulgaria this month. Read more.
New! Babcock Institute International Dairy Note
April 2012. The most recent International Dairy Note, "U.S. Cheese Exports Soar" discusses the impact that cheese exports have had on record U.S. dairy export growth. Click here for a page of published Dairy Notes.
New! Babcock Institute Discussion Paper
U.S. dairy exports continue to climb as demand across the world rises. Reaching $5 billion in 2011, dairy exports to countries, particularly Mexico, Canada and China, have soared--helping dairy farmers across the United States prosper in a dwindling economy. To learn more about U.S. dairy exports, download U.S. Dairy Trade, Situation and Outlook: 2012 by Edward V. Jesse.
2012 World Dairy Expo International Short Course
Every day is ONE day closer to the 2012 World Dairy Expo and the Babcock Institute's 15th Annual International Dairy Short Course. If you want to learn more about dairy farming practices & innovations or have an interest in participating in cutting-edge workshops and farm visits, than take a deeper look at what our short course has to offer . Peruse through our program last year for additional information or click here to register.
Babcock Institute e-Newsletter, March 2012
From China to Belarus to Ukraine, this month The Babcock Institute has truly had visitors from around the world! Learn about China's Northeast Agricultural University and a Belarus/Ukraine WI Dairy Production Tour in this month's Babcock Institute e-Newsletter. Subscribe by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Belarus and Ukraine Visitors Explore UW-Madison on Dairy Production Tour
On Monday, March 5th, 2012 a group of eight visitors from Belarus and Ukraine came to the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a part of their week-long Dairy Production Tour of Wisconsin. They talked with various professors from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in their mission to learn about WI agriculture. Read more.
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