Learn About Swine Team Members

Swine Team Leader

Zen Miller 2Zen Miller, Outagamie County

Zen Miller was part of the original UW-Extension Swine Team that was formed in 2009.  Zen Miller took over as swine team leader in 2012 when Mahlon Peterson (the former swine team leader) retired.  Zen is the Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus Trainer, a role which is responsible for training Pork Quality Assurance Plus Advisors.  Advisors train farmers in the Pork Quality Assurance Plus program.  Zen also trains farmers in the Pork Quality Assurance Plus program.  Farmers can arrange to have a site assessment completed by Zen.  In addition to Pork Quality Assurance Plus training, Zen is a Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) Advisor.  Beyond the PQA Plus and TQA programs, Zen works closely with the Wisconsin Pork Association and the UW-campuses (Madison, Platteville, and River Falls) to provide timely research-based information as it relates to swine production.

Zen can be reached at zen.miller@ces.uwex.edu or (920) 832-5124.

Swine Team Members

Adam Hady-croppedAdam Hady, Richland County

Adam Hady Joined the swine team when Randy Thompson retired in 2012.  Adam is a PQA Plus Advisor and a TQA Advisor.  Site Assessments can be completed by Adam as part of the on-going process of continual improvement on your farm.  Adam works closely with the the UW-campuses (Madison, Platteville, and River Falls) and the Wisconsin Pork Association to provide timely research-based information as it relates to swine production.

Adam can be reached at adam.hady@ces.uwex.edu or (608) 647-6148.

Lyssa-croppedLyssa Seefeldt, Marquette County

Lyssa joined the swine team when Dave Wachter retired in 2014.  Lyssa is a PQA Plus Trainer, a role which is responsible for training Pork Quality Assurance Plus Advisors.  Lyssa also trains farmers in the Pork Quality Assurance Plus program.  Farmers can arrange to have a site assessment completed by Lyssa as part of the on-going process of continual improvement for their farm.  Lyssa works closely with the Wisconsin Pork Association and the UW-campuses (Madison, Platteville, and River Falls) to provide timely research-based information as it relates to swine production.

Lyssa can be reached at lyssa.seefeldt@ces.uwex.edu or (608) 297-3141.

The Formation of the Swine Team

UW-Extension organizes Swine Program Team to address industry issues

July 2009
Madison, Wis. – A Swine Program Team has been organized by University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension and UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to address the educational needs of Wisconsin’s swine industry. The 2007 Census of Agriculture indicates over 3,100 Wisconsin farms have hogs in inventory with hog sales of over 100 million dollars.

The Swine Program Team will plan, develop, implement and evaluate educational programs to meet the needs of Wisconsin’s swine industry. A primary function of the team will be coordinating and networking with the UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Animal Sciences, and the Wisconsin Pork Association to tap into the latest research, knowledge and resources of swine production, economics and marketing. A major resource for the team will be the United States Pork Center for Excellence and its Pork Information Gateway. The team will work with and benefit from UW-Extension’s network of County Agriculture Agents, State Specialists and its Livestock Team.

One swine industry need the team plans to address early on is providing Pork Quality Assurance Plus training including on-farm site assessments. The United States pork industry has been proactive in establishing standards for pork production and many hog slaughtering plants will soon be requiring on-farm site assessments. The Swine Program Team will work with the Wisconsin Pork Association to develop a program to conduct fee-based on-farm site assessments.

“We are pleased to be able to support the educational needs of the swine industry in Wisconsin which are complex and involve issues like animal care, food safety, and animal health,” said John Shutske, UW-Extension ANRE Program Director/UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Associate Dean of Extension. “It is great to have a strong working partnership with an organization which has provided significant national leadership to pork production efforts in the past many years.”

Mahlon Peterson, UW-Extension Eau Claire County agriculture agent, will take on the responsibilities of Interim State Swine Specialist and provide leadership for the Swine Program Team. …  Other members of the team include Zen Miller, UW-Extension Outagamie County dairy and livestock agent, Randy Thompson, UW-Extension Rock County dairy and livestock agent, and David Wachter, UW-Extension Grant County dairy and livestock agent.

“Mahlon brings unique skills, training and experiences to serve as Interim State Swine Specialist and Swine Program Team leader” said Dave Williams, UW-Extension’s Associate State Program Director for Agriculture and Natural Resources Program. “Each of the team members brings their own swine production knowledge to the team. Combined, the four team members have over 100 years of experience working with hogs and swine operations.”