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Paul M. Fricke, Ph.D., Professor of Dairy Science and
Extension Specialist in Dairy Cattle Reproduction


Paul M. Fricke, PhD
Professor of Dairy Science and
Extension Specialist in Dairy Cattle Reproduction
278 Animal Sciences Building
1675 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1284
Phone: (608) 263-4596, (608) 263-9411
Fax: (608) 263-9412

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Paul Fricke was raised on his family's row crop and dairy farm located east of Papillion, Nebraska where his father and uncle continue to farm today. After receiving a B.S. degree in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1988, Paul went on to complete a M.S. degree in 1992 and a Ph.D. degree in 1996 in Reproductive Physiology from the department of Animal Sciences at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. As part of his Ph.D. program, Paul conducted research from 1993 to 1996 at the USDA Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska. In 1996, Paul accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the laboratories of Dr. Milo Wiltbank in the Department of Dairy Science and Dr. O.J. Ginther in the Department of Animal Health and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Paul joined the faculty in the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on July 1, 1998, he joined the faculty in the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2004 and to Full Professor in 2009. His current position includes 70% Extension and 30% research appointments in dairy cattle reproduction. .

Dr. Fricke’s research program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison focuses on understanding the biology and endocrine physiology underlying the many reproductive problems facing modern breeds of dairy cattle that limit their productivity. Paul has published research on protocols for synchronization of ovarian function, factors affecting twinning and management of dairy cows carrying twin fetuses, methods for early detection of nonpregnancy in dairy cattle, and the effects of nutrition on reproductive function in dairy cattle. Dr. Fricke has authored or co-authored 51 peer-reviewed scientific journal publications, 73 scientific abstracts, and 2 book chapters. He has mentored 9 M.S. and 4 Ph.D. students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his research program has attracted over $2.3 million in extramural research grants, contracts, and gifts.

The goal of Dr. Fricke’s extension program is to improve reproductive efficiency of dairy cattle by applying knowledge gained through scientific research to develop practical management strategies and assess new reproductive technologies. Dr. Fricke is a sought after speaker for dairy producer, industry, and veterinary audiences. Since 1997, Paul has spoken to over 400 audiences in Wisconsin and has presented over 125 invited talks at conferences in 33 U.S. states and 6 Canadian provinces. In addition, Paul has been an invited speaker for international meetings in 19 foreign countries spanning 5 continents around the world.

Dr. Fricke is the recipient of several campus and national awards in recognition of his innovative applied dairy research and extension programs. In 2006, Dr. Fricke received the Midwest Section ASAS/ADSA Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award and the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Pound Extension Award. In 2008, Paul received the De Laval Dairy Extension Award from the National American Dairy Science Association honoring the top dairy specialist in the nation. In 2010, Paul received the Wisconsin Association of County Agriculture Agents Second Mile Award in recognition of his work with county agricultural agents in Wisconsin. In 2011, Paul was inducted into the Papillion – La Vista Schools (Nebraska) Foundation Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

Paul lives in Waunakee, WI with his wife, Carol, and their three children, Hannah (17), Leah (15), and Samuel (11).