Nutrition & Physiology Center
The Nutrition and Physiology Center accommodates state-of-the art instrumentation/facilities for intensive study, monitoring and manipulation of the biological processes regulating development, growth, reproduction, nutrient utilization and resistance to disease in domestic animals important to man. The Center also provides the most up-to-date facilities for training students in using current research procedures in biotechnology.
The Nutrition and Physiology Center is located on approximately 45 acres of the 580 acre O.D. Butler, Jr. Animal Science Complex. The center includes a large animal main laboratory building, individual animal feeding/handling facilities, group animal management areas, and a diet storage/handling facility.
The laboratory building has state-of-the-art instrumentation/ facilities for intensive study, manipulation and monitoring of biological processes regulating development, growth, reproduction, nutrient utilization and resistance to disease.
Individual animal feeding and handling areas are used for individual feeding/growth trials conducted in parallel with intensive physiological studies with cattle and sheep. The facilities also provide needed equipment for processing and for short term holding of animals in preparation for more intensive studies in the main laboratory facility.
The group animal management area includes pasture facilities for feeding and/or growth of animals (cattle) not requiring the degree of individual attention as those in the individual handling area, and for receiving and holding animals prior to, and between, investigations.
The diet storage and handling area provides key ingredients and a preparation site for diets to be fed to animals maintained in the laboratory, individual pens, and group management areas.