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Dr. Kent Weigel

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Dr. Kent Weigel
Associate Professor and Extension Specialist
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Kent Weigel

Area of Expertise
Dr. Kent Weigel joined the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Dairy Cattle Breeding and Genetics in 2001. He also serves as genetics program administrator for the National Association of Animal Breeders. As a State Extension Specialist for Dairy Cattle Genetics, Kent educates dairy producers, AI organizations, and other dairy industry participants with interests in animal breeding. He works with county-based extension faculty, along with the Wisconsin/Minnesota/Iowa/Illinois cooperative four-state extension program. He teaches the Farm and Industry Short Course, "Genetic Improvement of Dairy Cattle," and has developed a research program applicable to dairy cattle breeding systems. Prior to 2001, Dr. Weigel was a research scientist in the dairy science department and also served as genetic director of World-Wide Sires, Inc. His research has focused on international genetic comparisons, genotype by environment interactions, genetic evaluation of health and management traits, and strategies to control inbreeding.

Academic Training

PhD 1992 University of Wisconsin-Madison Animal Breeding and Genetics
MS 1992 University of Wisconsin-Madison Biometry
MS 1989 Iowa State University Animal Breeding and Genetics
BS 1967 University of Wisconsin-Platteville Animal Science & Biology

Professional Experience

2001 - Present Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Dairy Cattle Breeding and Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1995 – 2001 Genetic Director, World Wide Sires
1995 – 2001 Research Scientist, Dairy Science Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1992 – 1995 Senior Research Associate, Holstein Association of America, Inc.
1991 – 1992 Research Assistant, Department of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1989 – 1990 Research Assistant, Department of Animal Science, University of Illinois
1987 – 1989 Research Assistant, Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University



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