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Department of Animal Sciences


Program Areas

The outreach programs in Animal Sciences are primarily aimed at addressing the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences’ Signature Area of Food Security, Production, and Human Health. Efficient production of food animals is essential for farm profitability and, thus, a sustainable and affordable supply of food for consumers. Development of management systems for achieving production efficiency and economic viability are important, and quality assurance programs in all livestock species are aimed at providing safe, wholesome, nutrient-dense products to consumers. Much emphasis is placed on youth development in the department, and efforts also are extended in the Signature Areas of Environmental Quality and Sustainability and Advanced Bioenergy and Biobased Products.

Program strength is especially sought in food products, beef, dairy, equine, poultry, sheep, and swine, but ancillary programs may be conducted with other species. Youth programs are designed on the premise of teaching the practices necessary for producing quality food and developing life skills.

Read about some highlighted programs from the list at left.