Nutrition

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Non-Ruminant Nutrition

Nutritional & Digestive Physiology

Ruminant Nutrition

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Non-Ruminant Nutrition

Faculty Members

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  • Hill, Gretchen - swine nutrition and management, mineral nutrition, animal health
  • Nielsen, Brian - equine exercise physiology, nutrition, athletic performance
  • Rozeboom, Dale - swine management and production systems, biosecurity
  • Trottier, Nathalie - swine nutrition, amino acid metabolism, mammary physiology

Research Areas

  • Understanding the role of trace element nutrition in livestock from the basic nutrient utilization and conservation to the molecular basis.
  • Mineral nutrition, with special emphasis on bio-available silicon supplementation and its influence on animal health.
  • Special dietary needs of weanling and yearling horses in order to improve growth and prevent developmental orthopedic disorders.
  • Needs of swine producers to enhance their economic opportunities and in dealing with the increasing social and environmental pressures being placed on their businesses.
  • Estimation of amino acid requirements of non-ruminants species at different stages of production.

Nutritional & Digestive Physiology

Faculty Members

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  • Allen, Michael - dairy nutrition, digestive physiology
  • Lock, Adam - ruminant nutrition, nutritional & digestive physiology, lactation biology
  • Trottier, Nathalie - swine nutrition, amino acid metabolism, mammary physiology
  • VandeHaar, Michael - dairy nutrition, endocrinology, mammary physiology

Research Areas

  • Relationship between digestion characteristics of feeds and energy intake, efficiency of microbial protein production in the rumen, partitioning of metabolic fuels and milk production.
  • regulation and manipulation of ruminant lipid metabolism, allowing improvements in the efficiency of animal production and providing opportunities to design foods that are consistent with consumer perceptions and dietary recommendations.
  • Optimization of dietary amino acid utilization to lessen environmental nitrogen losses.
  • Mechanisms by which nutrition alters mammary development of dairy heifers with emphasis on leptin and the insulin-like growth factor system.

Ruminant Nutrition

Faculty Members

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Research Areas

  • Relationship between digestion characteristics of feeds and energy intake, efficiency of microbial protein production in the rumen, partitioning of metabolic fuels and milk production.
  • Biological strategies and whole-farm systems approaches to increase the efficiency of 1. utilization and reduce excretion of phosphorus (P) by dairy cattle.
  • management and nutritional strategies for pregnant dairy cows to improve transition performance.
  • Manipulating carcass traits by feeding regimen, and identifying factors affecting proliferation and differentiation of bovine preadipocytes.
  • Regulation and manipulation of ruminant lipid metabolism, allowing improvements in the efficiency of animal production and providing opportunities to design foods that are consistent with consumer perceptions and dietary recommendations.
  • Feeding and management strategies to improve growth, efficiency and carcass quality of feedlot cattle.
  • Strategies to more efficiently raise and manage dairy heifers to be productive lactating cows.