Join 2022 Animal Sciences Education Series

The Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program (WYLP) is excited to offer these LIVE Virtual Zoom educational programs for the spring of 2022. These current topics are for youth and adults alike and occur on the second Thursday of the month from January through May. Each session begins at 7 p.m. CST with a presentation followed by question-and-answer time. Register for any or all the events to get the connection information by email.

This series is offered in connection with the University of Wisconsin Madison Animal & Dairy Sciences Department, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and Division of Extension.

Next session speakers: Thursday, February 10th  at 7 p.m. is the Precision Agriculture Challenge – Use of Technology

  • Utilizing thermal imaging to measure the temperament of livestock, Dr. Rex Sun, North Dakota State University
  • Activity monitoring devices for livestock (Fitbit for animals), Justin Miller, Datamars
  • Autonomous Tractors, Joe Liefer, John Deere

For registration and details about each presentation, go to: On this webpage, you can also find an educational verification form. Complete the form and turn it into your county fair and or livestock committee to verify your participation. These activities can serve as “county educational requirements”.

These sessions will provide awareness and knowledge of animal agriculture in these challenge areas listed. They will also give details on careers and how this area connects with your animal project.  There will be a case study to further develop discussion skills with a local project leader, agriculture, and or science teacher on the discussion topic. Younger youth can learn through a take-home activity they talk about with parents and or project leaders.

Register and mark your calendars for the upcoming events:

  • March 3 (date change) – Grand Challenge: Food Safety Pork Carcass Evaluation, Fabrication and Cooking with Pork
  • April 14 – Grand Challenge: Land and Water
  • May 12 – Grand Challenge: Biomedical Advancements

Some of the questions we hope to cover: Why are we concerned? What is the scientific problem? What do we know? What more do we need to learn? How does this apply to my youth animal project? What are the career opportunities?

For more information visit or contact Bernie O’Rourke, UW- Madison Animal & Dairy Science Extension Youth Livestock Specialist at (608) 263-4304 or [email protected]