PhD, Animal Breeding and Genetics, 1986, Iowa State University
MS, Swine Nutrition, 1982, Mississippi State University
BS, Animal Science, 1979, University of Florida
• APSC 1454 Introduction to Animal and Poultry Sciences
• APSC 1464 APSC Laboratory
• APSC 1504 Animal and Poultry Sciences Survey
• APSC 2004 Animal and Poultry Sciences Seminar
• APSC 2114 Livestock Management and Handling Lab
• APSC 3004 Junior Seminar
• APSC 4444 Swine Production
• ALS 1004 Agriculture, the Arts and Society
• APSC 2964, 4974, 4994 (Independent Study/Undergraduate Research)
Governor’s School for Agriculture
Most of my Extension activities are youth-oriented and often involve undergraduate students in their planning and delivery. I coordinate the annual Youth Swine Education Day, which includes Youth PQA Plus sessions and a swine stockman’s contest, and serve as the Virginia Youth PQA Plus coordinator. I also judge youth swine shows and scan show pigs ultrasonically to estimate carcass merit. We also merchandize bred gilts suitable for youth projects through the Hokie Harvest Sale each fall.
My research activities center on improvement of swine management, including nutrition, genetics, reproduction, housing, economics, husbandry, and behavior. Recent projects include use of ultrasound to predict carcass merit in 4-H/FFA project market hogs, and calculation of factors to adjust pig weights to 21 days of age. Current interests are evaluating dietary supplements for show pigs, and studying sow and pig behavior as it relates to animal well-being. In addition, I conduct pedagogical research, particularly related to experiential (hands-on) learning. A current project is evaluating the use of various teaching techniques in a large, one-credit liberal education course.