The effects of housing type and feeding frequency on growth and behavior in dairy calves
Karley Parker, originally from Ellisville, Mississippi, received her Bachelor of Science in Animal and Dairy Sciences in May 2014. She began veterinarian school in June 2014.
As an undergraduate research scholar, she studied the effects of housing type and feeding frequency on growth and behavior in dairy calves. Her research found paired calves had better health scores than the calves that were alone. In the dairy industry, it's often thought that housing calves together increases risk for infection, so the research findings could shape future practices.
The research was presented at the national meeting of the American Dairy Science Association in July 2014. The preliminary data was included in an animal research and Extension grant proposal as well.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholars program is an immersive experience designed to engage undergraduate scholars in research and creative activities beyond the traditional undergraduate curriculum. In this 12-month experience undergraduate students will work as a junior colleague within a faculty scholar/mentor's research program to discover new knowledge, enhance their discipline-specific expertise, and gain critical thinking skills. Learn More