The swine industry provides high-quality protein essential for a healthy human population. Pigs are also excellent animal models for biomedical research to address the basis for health and diseases in both humans and other animals. Research programs focus on understanding the biochemistry and physiology of gestating, lactating, neonatal, and post-weaning swine to optimize the production of this agriculturally and biomedically important animal system.
Research focuses on improving reproductive health and increasing reproductive efficiency in the swine industry by transferring knowledge from basic research with pigs to the swine industry. The goal is to ensure successful pregnancies and the birth of healthy offspring. This goal is being met through multiple research programs that include investigation of the role of nutrition, microbiota, and physiological genomics.
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Currently, the Department of Animal Science is researching a variety of projects that cover issues such as animal genomics, meat science, food safety, as well as projects focusing on the major livestock species in Texas. Our research programs focus on applied science, which has an immediate application to Texas animal agriculture, and basic science, which provides the foundation for scientific information to impact further research discoveries.