School of Animal Sciences Profile - October 2010

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School of Animal Sciences Office
105 Francioni Hall
LSU campus

Phone: 225-578-3241

Fax: 225-578-3279

Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday-Friday

Gary M. Hay, Ph.D.
Director/Professor
E-mail

Website:
LSUAgCenter.com/departments/Animal Science


Academic Focus:
B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in various animal science concentrations such as animal science, dairy production, dairy foods technology, poultry science and pre-veterinary medicine.


Research Focus:
Basic and applied research in various animal science disciplines, such as animal nutrition and metabolism, embryology and reproductive management, animal products such as meats and dairy foods, equine physiology and metabolism, animal genomics and molecular biology.


Extension Focus:
Educational programs for beef cattle, dairy cattle, poultry, swine, small ruminant and equine industries as well as 4-H and FFA youth livestock programs.


Academic/Research/Extension Highlights

  • Identification of limiting amino acids in poultry and swine nutrition, effects of energy metabolism on reproductive performance in breeding mares and growth in dairy calves.
  • Statewide Master Horseman educational programs to train horse owners in proper animal feeding, health care and riding techniques. Also to train participants to become volunteer trainers to expand outreach of the program.
  • Statewide Master Cattlemen educational programs to provide training for cattle producers on environmental stewardship and economic success.
  • 4-H and FFA youth livestock programs to teach animal care, critical thinking skills, communication skills, ethical behavior, environmental stewardship and work ethics to young people. Participation in agricultural awareness programs such as AgMagic and Ag in the Classroom.
  • The School of Animal Sciences faculty interact with scientists within the LSU Vet School, Pennington Biomedical Research Institute and the AgCenter research stations across the state, which provides a vast array of research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.


Significance of Programs

  • Research findings from the School of Animal Sciences have been incorporated into standard swine and poultry diets around the world.
  • Ongoing research to improve reproduction in several species by improving efficacy of embryo technologies.
  • More than 500 volunteers trained to become instructors in the Master Horsemen program in the past 5 years.
  • 5,000 youth participating in local, regional and statewide livestock shows every year.
  • Commercial poultry producers trained in nutrient/waste management to improve water quality in rivers and lakes.
  • More than 100 cattlemen trained in the Master Cattlemen program.

School of Animal Sciences Facts

  • B.S. degree in Animal Sciences is the largest in the College of Ag with over 400 students
  • Only comprehensive animal science program in Louisiana with research, teaching and extension responsibilities in the animal sciences.
  • 24 faculty with expertise in all major areas of animal science, including beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, poultry, small ruminants, swine and companion animals.
  • Graduate degree programs in both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Currently 26 graduate students in the school.
  • Collaboration with several universities are developing new products for the goat industry.


Future Plans
Construct a new animal sciences research laboratory building to support research programs in the animal sciences.

Develop new genomic techniques for identifying individual genes in beef cattle, which affect important production and animal health traits.

Research to discover novel new ways of incorporating enhanced levels of essential nutrients such as folic acid into dairy foods and to improve the shelf life of dairy products

Develop an area of concentration in equine science for the B.S. degree program.

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