Welcome to the Wisconsin Dairy & Beef Well-Being Conference website!  UW-Extension will be hosting its annual conference to address the issue of animal handling and well-being.  Please look through the website for information about this program, and if you have any questions please contact us.

Program Learning Objectives and Intended Outcomes:

  • Increase knowledge or understanding of improved dairy and beef cattle animal handling practices.
  • Expand awareness and improve understanding about the science and politics of farm animal care here in the Upper Midwest, throughout the United States and around the world.
  • Build new or existing partnerships between dairy and beef producers, veterinarians, related agencies and organizations to address the emerging agriculture policy issue of animal welfare in Wisconsin.
  • Identify and connect key individuals interested in addressing future educational/policy efforts related to animal care or welfare.

About Cooperative Extension in Wisconsin

Cooperative Extension is part of the University of Wisconsin System and a division of University of Wisconsin-Extension. Cooperative Extension helps people throughout the state acquire knowledge and skills to …

  • Solve problems in their businesses and farms.
  • Improve their local governments and neighborhoods.
  • Enhance the quality of their families’ lives.
  • Use natural resources responsibly.
  • Help their children grow and learn.

Extension people work in partnership with people in county, state, federal, and tribal governments; community organizations; volunteers; business; and industry. With faculty in every county and on UW-campuses, Cooperative Extension gives Wisconsin citizens quick and convenient access to University research and knowledge.

Conference Planning Committee


Jackie McCarville, Co-Chairperson, UW-Madison Extension, Green County
Sandy Stuttgen, Co-Chairperson, UW-Madison Extension, Taylor County
Jennifer Van Os, Co-Chairperson, UW-Madison/UW-Madison Extension

Mark Hagedorn, UW-Madison Extension, Dairy Outreach Program Manager
Diane Mayerfeld, UW-Madison Extension, Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Statewide Coordinator
Amber O’Brien, UW-Madison Extension, Calumet County
Maria Fuenzalida Valenzuela, UW-Madison Extension, Dane County
Amanda Cauffman, UW-Madison Extension, Grant County
Alana Voss, UW-Madison Extension, Juneau & Sauk County
Aerica Bjurstrom, UW-Madison Extension, Kewaunee County
Heather Schlesser, UW-Madison Extension, Marathon County
Lyssa Seefeldt, UW-Madison Extension, Marquette County
Sarah Grotjan, UW-Madison Extension, Outagamie County
Ashley Olson, UW-Madison Extension, Vernon County
Jim Versweyveld, UW-Madison Extension, Walworth County


For more information on dairy and beef animal husbandry practices, contact your local UW-Extension Agriculture or Dairy & Livestock Agent.

If you have a question about the the website, please contact Lyssa Seefeldt at lyssa.seefeldt@ces.uwex.edu.



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