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New Mexico State University
Office of the Vice President for Research

Animal and Range Sciences

NMSU's Research Areas
Eric Scholljegerdes, NMSU animal and range science assistant professor, talks to youth about a cow's digestive system during the New Mexico Youth Ranch Camp. Similar sessions will be held during the upcoming US Beef Academy. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

NMSU Research Areas:

NMSU research aims to improve the care and management of animal and range resources and conduct research that improves human health and reproduction by improving the health and reproduction of animals. In 2011, NMSU had more than $8 million in research funding from 16 sponsors in support of animal and range sciences research. Faculty conduct research in animal sciences, range management, weed and insect management, water management, and livestock and wildlife management. NMSU is home of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the New Mexico Extension Services.

Faculty research efforts focus on

  • Management of cattle behavior and genetic selection to improve grazing outcomes
  • Improved reproduction in sheep
  • Nutritional management in cattle and sheep
  • Nutrient utilization in horses
  • Improved forage quality and range management strategies in arid climates
  • Strategies to detoxify plant and environmental toxins within the gut of cattle and sheep
  • Interaction of livestock and surface waters

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