Meat Animal Project WisLines – 2011

UW Extension will be hosting a series of Meat Animal Project WisLine teleconferences this winter for Fair Board staff, meat animal project superintendents and project volunteers who help create policy and structure to county livestock projects. These WisLines are held in county extension offices throughout the state of Wisconsin and run from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The topics and dates are:

Jan. 13 – Carcass shows, Ultrasound and alternatives to strengthen county livestock projects. This session will review options for counties to educate exhibitors and parents on how to measure value of meat animal projects. This will assist counties on finding the best fit for their situation. Speakers are: Ron Russell, UW Madison; Gary Onan, UW River Falls; Dewey Wachholz, UW River Falls Emeritus.

Materials and Archived presentation
Carcass Show Ultrasound Powerpt

Feb. 10 – The facts of Paylean®.  Dr. Tony Forshey will be discussing the facts of this swine product. He is the state veterinarian for the Ohio Department of Agriculture.  The facts of Showmaxx®, a new Zilmax product for beef.  Dr. Amy Radunz will be discussing this new beef product.  She is the Wisconsin Extension Beef Specialist.
Paylean Fact Sheet
Beta Agonists Factsheet

March 10 – Animal Welfare Preparation. This session will assist county fairs in discussing ways to communicate regarding animal welfare and create risk management plans on this topic.  Speakers:  Bernie O’Rourke, Extension Youth Livestock Specialist; Alissa Grenawalt and 4-H Youth Development Specialist – Green County.

Meat Animal Project WISLINE programs are provided as a service of the UW Cooperative Extension and the UW-Madison Department of Animal Sciences, and are hosted by Bernie O’Rourke, Extension Youth Livestock Specialist. The WisLine system provides a two-way voice communication between speakers and listeners from participating County Extension Offices in Wisconsin and are free to the public. If you wish to attend, please contact your local county Extensions office ( in advance of each program to make sure the WisLine site is open and program handout materials are available. The information for this program can be found at

Contact Bernie O’Rourke, Extension Youth Livestock Specialist, with questions at 608-263-4304 or

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