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Horn flies swarm a beef cow. These small, black flies remain on the cattle almost continuously and use their piercing bite to draw blood, causing pain and discomfort. CAES News
Horn Fly Research
On a warm summer night in the South, it’s not unusual to get a few mosquito bites — but some of us tend to get bitten more frequently than others, a result of genetic predispositions that make us more attractive to the insects.
Upon joining UGA in 2013, Assistant Professor Jillian Bohlen sought to diversity the dairy cattle herd in the Department of Animal and Dairy Science at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. CAES News
Jersey Genetics
Jillian Fain Bohlen doesn’t try to hide her love for Jersey dairy cattle.
UGA Animal and Dairy scientist Sha Tao researches heat stress and its effects on dairy cattle physiology. As principal investigator on this project, he directed the experiment to understand cellular reactions in real-world circumstances for dairy cattle. CAES News
Dairy Research
With increasing global temperatures, dairy cattle face heat stress more frequently throughout the year than in the past. Thanks to cooling technology, dairy cattle can enjoy a better quality of life, but farmers and consumers may wonder if cattle comfort results in more milk.
Senegal relies on importing dairy products to meet the country’s needs, but there is significant potential to enhance economic development in rural areas by supporting small dairy producers, who are predominantly women. CAES News
Dairy Food Safety
The University of Georgia has received a $700,000 grant from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety to help improve food safety in the rapidly growing dairy industry in Senegal.
UGA Animal and Dairy Science Department Head Francis L. Fluharty (right) and Dengpan Bu, professor of animal nutrition in the Institute of Animal Science of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, met to discuss ideas for collaboration and sign an MOU two years ago. The departments hope to expand the relationship to include undergraduate and graduate student exchanges. (file photo) CAES News
International ADS Partnership
An animal and dairy science class at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) is gaining international experience by establishing a virtual collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in the Institute of Animal Science (CAAS-IAS) in Beijing, China. This intercultural partnership allows students and faculty to sustain a joint scientific effort while travel is largely suspended due to COVID-19.
When cows are exposed to a temperature-humidity index above 68, their milk production begins to decrease. UGA animal and dairy scientists are searching for ways to ease heat stress and improve dairy productivity. CAES News
Heat Stress Research
Georgia’s summer heat can make it hard to do almost anything outside and, for dairy cows, that includes producing milk. Heat stress is inevitable in the Southeast U.S., and the first week of August had temperatures soaring past 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
UGA Livestock Judging Team coach Sarah Loughridge, members Sadie Lackey, Morgan Rowan, Leanne Chafin, farmer owner John Turner, Ian Bennett, Anna Butler, Abigail Sartin and assistant coach Dylan Davis at an Angus farm in Tennessee. CAES News
Livestock Judging
Seven college students, one van, 10,000 miles and too many rumps, quarters and hooves to count — this is what one year on a collegiate livestock team looks like.
Forty-six people presented posters at the RBC Symposium held Friday, April 26. RBC Symposium Judge Simon Platt, BVM&S, a UGA professor of veterinary neurology, is shown with RBC poster presenter Katherine Watkins of the Easley Lab. View more images at https://adobe.ly/2vBPsxf. CAES News
Student Researchers
The 5th annual Regenerative Bioscience Center Fellows Symposium drew more than 54 student participants. The gathering generally focused around the center’s core research projects of stroke, neurological injury, and orthopedic conditions. The 2019 event, titled Climb Higher, included students in the CAES Animal and Dairy Science program.
Todd Callaway CAES News
Microbiome Detective
The digestive tract of a cow is home to a diverse population of bacteria and microbes representing about 2,000 different species. There are good guys. There are bad guys. And there are the guys who can cause trouble if the situation is right.
Francis Fluharty is the head of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Animal and Dairy Science. CAES News
Animal and Dairy Science Leader
Francis Fluharty joins the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as the new department head of the Department of Animal and Dairy Science. His career has been devoted to assisting food animal producers through research and educational programs aimed at improving animal health and growth. Fluharty has also worked to improve profitability, as food animal agriculture must be economically-sustainable for farm families.