The Division of Animal Sciences continues to not only conduct research in animal and poultry production but its programs have evolved to represent scientific areas, both basic and applied, that extend beyond the traditional areas of animal production and management. Research includes such disciplines as molecular and cellular biology, immunology, genetics and genomics.
Research Objectives and Impacts
- To elucidate critical molecular, cellular, and metabolic mechanisms that impact growth, nutrient utilization, lactation, muscle biology, reproductive efficiency, meat quality, and well-being of livestock species.
- Produce genetically modified rodent and livestock animal models that will benefit human medicine, veterinary medicine, and animal agriculture.
- Utilize findings from basic/discovery research to understand fundamental biological mechanisms within the whole animal and develop innovative animal production practices that will promote animal well-being and food production.
- Economically optimize the impact of innovative production practices in commercial livestock and poultry enterprises.
Stakeholders and Beneficiaries
Cattle, swine and poultry producers benefit from increased healthfulness and well-being of livestock, while producers throughout the value chain benefit from improved profitability through increased production efficiency. Meat and food service industry, and consumers benefit from improved quality of pork, dairy, beef and poultry products. The feed and allied industries benefit from evaluating new technologies and developing and evaluating new products.
Veterinary practitioners, animal producers and pet owners benefit from new animal models of animal disease, and new methods of testing animal health and food product safety. Genetic livestock companies benefit from increased accuracy of selection based on heritable production traits and from the dissemination of valuable genomes through improved artificial insemination, semen sexing, embryo transfer and increased resistance to disease. Beyond consumers, the health and well-being of our general population benefits from large animal, biomedical models and from the translation of knowledge from animal to human medicine.