Nutrition Research

Livestock nutrition research includes the study of nutrient intake and utilization, feed efficiency, energy requirements, forage digestibility, alternative feeds, and diet formulation. Research topics of Animal Science faculty with expertise in livestock nutrition include:

  • Determination of nutrient requirements for livestock and poultry
  • Influence of nutrition and feeding management on reproduction and milk production
  • Regulation of nutrient use by food producing animals with a focus on lactation
  • Relationships between host and rumen microbes to maximize the nutrient supply for productive functions in the ruminant
  • Evaluation of feed additives and growth promotants and their effects on growth, feed conversion, meat quality and economics
  • Energy and protein nutrition of sows
  • The value and use of distillers grains by-products in livestock and poultry feeds