Livestock Research

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Claudia Meeks Baney
Extension Specialist I
4-H Animal Science Specialist

John R. Buchanan
Associate Professor
Wastewater Management

Jennifer M. DeBruyn
Associate Professor
Environmental Microbiology

Karen Lewis DeLong
Assistant Professor
Livestock Economist

George F. Grandle
Associate Professor, Post retirement appointment
Livestock Production Systems

Andrew P. Griffith
Assistant Professor
Livestock Marketing, Commodity Markets

Shawn A. Hawkins
Associate Professor
Animal waste management

Kenny Herndon
Extension Agent III and County Director
Pesticide Certification

Adam Hopkins
Extension Area Specialist
Farm Management

David Allen Roper

Jessica Harris Shanks

Groups and Facilities

(2 mentions)

Wildlife Health 
Emerging infectious diseases, including those that travel from animals to humans.

(1 mention)

UT Beef and Forage Center 
Facilitating research and communication to advance the Tennessee Beef and Forage industry.



The Hat, 1/17/2019

Willingness to Adopt Biosecurity Measures to Combat Foreign Animal Disease Outbreaks, 10/31/2018

UTIA/MTSU Partnership Establishes Organic Forage Cropping Systems, 3/8/2018

Faculty 360 | Eric Walker, 12/18/2016

Five Things You Didn't Know about the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 5/24/2016

Five Things You Didnít Know about the AgResearch & Education Center at Ames Plantation, 10/6/2015


(4 mentions)

Cattle Sell-Off 
Some livestock barns are selling three and four times the usual number of cattle, but thatís not necessarily positive. Many producers have been forced to sell because of drought.

(1 mention)

Tennessee is having one of its driest years ever. The National Drought Mitigation Center reports the entire state is experiencing moderate to severe drought.

(1 mention)

It's been a challenging year for Tennessee agriculture, with hot, dry weather coming at a time when crops needed better growing conditions.

(1 mention)

Little River Facility 
Itís long been an issue in farming Ė how can we be productive in agriculture and still protect the environment? UT Ag-Research has a new facility dedicated to that cause.

(1 mention)

Switchgrass Forage 
Experts with UT's Institute of Agriculture believe switchgrass is nutritious for farm animals, and environmentally friendly.

(1 mention)

Livestock Research 
It's a problem for Tennessee farmers who produce our top commodity -- beef cattle. Insects such as flies cause serious health problems for their animals, and reduce product quality for consumers.

(1 mention)

Ag Year Preview 
Spring is almost here, and itís just about time for Tennessee farmers to plant their 2012 crops. All indications are - things are looking good for producers, following what was a good year in 2011.


Recent Publications

Projected Crop Market and Tennessee Farm Income Impacts From the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Smith, S. A., B. C. English, R. J. Menard, D. W. Hughes, and K. L. Jensen.  2020.  COVID-19 Impact Study on Tennessee Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics, AIM-AG, AREC COVID RR03, July 2020. [Abstract]

The Role of Rules in Youth Livestock Programs.  Fisher, A. E.  2019.  UT Extension Publication, W862.

Drug Screening Programs at Youth Livestock Shows.  Fisher, A. E., and J. Weisman.  2019.  UT Extension Publication, W863.

Best management practice adoption, convexity, and sediment abatement: A case study of beef cattle producers in East Tennessee Lambert, D.M., L. Medwid, C. D. Clark, S. A. Hawkins, and H. A. McClellan.  2019.  Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics. [Abstract]

Livestock Grazing in Woodlands: Benefits, Detriments and Management Recommendations.  Mercker, D. C., and J. K. Smith.  2019.  University of Tennessee Extension, PB 1876. [Abstract]

Invited Review: Adaptations of protein and amino acid metabolism to heat stress on dairy cows and other livestock species Rius, A.  2019.  Applied Animal Science.

Public perception of equine and livestock management varies by classification of horses, industry experience, and animal welfare definitions Wallace, S., K. Melvin, P. D. Krawczel, L. Schneider, and J. L. Ivey.  2019.  Journal of Animal Science.

Genetic Gain for Soybean Seed Protein, Oil, and Yield in a Recombinant Inbred Line Population Wiggins, B., S. Wiggins, M. Cunicelli, C. Smallwood, F. L. Allen, D. R. West, and V. R. Pantalone.  2019.  J. Am. Oil Chem. Soc., 96:43-50. [Abstract]

Guide to Caves and Sinkholes in Tennessee, an Overview Drumm, E. C.  2018.  Extension web publication W453-A, Guide to Caves and Sinkholes in Tennessee, edited by Eric C. Drumm, a series of web Extension publications related to caves and karst in Tennessee. [Abstract]

Animal Traceability in Youth Livestock Programs Fisher, A. E.  2018.  UT Extension, W 793.

Best Management Practices for Livestock Production and Operations in Karst Areas Harry Moore, and E. C. Drumm.  2018.  Extension web publication W 453-B. [Abstract]

Surveillance of ticks parasitizing Tennessee beef cattle and implications for future surveillance programs Theuret, D. P., and R. T. Trout Fryxell.  2018.  Journal of Medical Entomology, 55(6): 1517-1526. [Abstract]