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Contact Randy D. Shaver, Professor

Randy ShaverRandy D. Shaver
280 Animal Sciences Building
1675 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1284
Phone: (608) 263-3491
Fax: (608) 263-9412

Biographical Information

Professor Randy Shaver was born and raised on a western Pennsylvania dairy farm. After completing a B.S. degree in Dairy Science at the Pennsylvania State University, Randy received an M.S. degree from the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Maryland. He then completed his doctorate degree in Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986 after conducting research at UW-Madison and the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center. Randy spent 1986-88 working in industry. Since then he has been on the faculty in the Department of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison with a 75% Extension and 25% Research appointment.

Randy's extension and research programs focus on applied nutrition of lactating dairy cattle. He has advsised or co-advised 29 masters or doctoral students at UW Madison. Randy has authored or co-authored 88 peer-review journal publications, 170 scientific abstracts, 101 popular-press articles in industry trade magazines, and 249 newsletter articles, extension handouts or bulletins, and internet publications. He has presented 590 invited papers at industry conferences in 46 states. Additionally, he has been an invited speaker for dairy producer and feed industry audiences in Argentina, Brazil, Canada (9 provinces), Chile, Columbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and Turkey.

Awards that Randy has received include: ADSA Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Award, ADSA DeLaval Dairy Extension Award, ADSA Nutrition Professionals Applied Dairy Nutrition Award, and UW-Madison CALS Pound Extension Excellence Award. Randy resides in Cottage Grove WI with his wife Sharon and teenage daughters, Allison and Elizabeth.

January, 2014