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LUBBOCK, TX, August 23, 2022—The USDA Agricultural Research Service, Animal Husbandry Problems Research Unit, today hosted an open house to commemorate 23 years of accomplished research and contributions to the beef, dairy and swine industries.
The event was kicked off by key leaders of the Agricultural Research Service, including the Associate Director of the Plains Region, Dr. Bryan Kaphammer, the Director of the Cropping Systems Research Laboratory, Dr. Alex Rooney, and the Head of Research for the Animal Husbandry Issues Research Unit, Dr. Jeff Carroll, who delivered opening remarks.
“For more than 20 years, the Animal Husbandry Issues Research Unit has been committed to providing the food animal industries with scientific knowledge, biotechnologies and best animal practices to improve animal health, welfare and efficiency of animal production,” Carroll said in his opening statement. .
The Livestock Issues Research Unit, or LIRU, was established in 1999 to study the relationship between livestock behavior and pre-harvest food security. In particular, how extreme weather conditions and social and environmental elements (e.g. weaning and transport) can cause stress in cattle and have serious impacts on their development, reproduction and susceptibility to infection. In this case, production efficiency, food safety and quality are all affected.
Over the years, LIRU scientists and collaborators have provided stakeholders with alternative management tactics and practices that help alleviate stress, boost animal immune function, and improve health and welfare. animals.
College students share research projects carried out at the research unit on livestock issues at the ARS.
Following opening remarks, contributors and academic leaders from Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University AgriLife Research, and West Texas A&M University shared highlights of the partnership and research accomplishments.
“I have had active collaboration with the Husbandry Issues Research Unit every year for the past 15 years,” said Dr. Ballou, chair of veterinary science at Texas Tech University. “These collaborations have contributed to the education of more than 20 graduate students and more than 25 peer-reviewed publications.”
The research unit has developed temperature monitoring devices for livestock used by researchers across the United States and Canada and reliable disease models to study host-pathogen interactions . These models have been used to research preventative measures against some of the costliest diseases in the beef industry. As a result, scientists have found feed additives, supplements and probiotics that can help prevent disease, lead to quick recovery and boost livestock health.
Mentoring is also important in the scientific world. The institution has opened doors for undergraduate, graduate and graduate students working on research projects. As part of the event, students shared their knowledge with visitors and displayed posters showing these collaborations.
LIRU continues to work in critical research, primarily focusing on the use of non-antibiotic alternatives to improve livestock welfare, reduce foodborne pathogens, and improve livestock productivity.
For more information: Livestock Issues Research Unit, Who we are
The Agricultural Research Service is the principal internal scientific research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. Daily, ARS focuses on solutions to agricultural problems affecting America. Every dollar invested in agricultural research in the United States has an economic impact of $20.