Growth Biology & Meat Science

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Faculty Members

Visit a faculty member’s profile page for more information about particular research programs:

  • Buskirk, Daniel (beef nutrition, nutritional management, growth biology)
  • Ernst, Cathy (swine and bovine molecular genetics, growth biology, meat science)

Research Areas

  • Manipulating carcass traits by feeding regimen, and identifying factors affecting proliferation and differentiation of bovine preadipocytes.
  • Calf weaning systems that reduce stress and improve gain.
  • Stocker cattle management strategies that optimize feed use.
  • Cow feeding systems that improve forage utilization.
  • Identification and evaluation of molecular markers and genes for the genetic improvement of pigs and beef cattle with emphasis on performance traits, carcass composition and meat quality.