Beef Cattle Nutrition Expert Meyer Named Animal Science King Visiting Scholar

Beef Cattle Nutrition Expert Meyer Named Animal Science King Visiting Scholar


King Visiting Scholar Allison Meyer is visiting with students, faculty and staff this week, including an open seminar on Tuesday.

Allison Meyer, associate professor of ruminant nutrition in the Division of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri, has been named the 2022 King Visiting Scholar by the Department of Animal Science in U of A’s Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.

Meyer will be on campus to meet with faculty and undergraduate and graduate students to discuss her research. Her visit includes an open seminar to the department, college and U of A System Division of Agriculture, as well as other interactions with students and faculty.

An open seminar is set for Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the John W. Tyson (Poultry Science) Building (room A211). Her presentation is “The Limit Does Exist: Nutrient Partitioning of Challenged Beef Cows to Their Fetal and Pre-Weaning Calves.”

Meyer is also guest lecturing in a career development and preparation class on Monday, a reproductive physiology class Tuesday and a muscle growth and development class Wednesday, and visiting with graduate students during a luncheon on Wednesday.

Meyer earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science from Michigan State University, her master’s in ruminant nutrition from Missouri and her Ph.D. in ruminant nutrition and nutritional physiology from North Dakota State University.

She was named the Outstanding Young Researcher for the Midwestern Section by the American Society of Animal Science in 2020, has served on grant review panels for the U.S. Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the National Science Foundation, has been awarded more than $1.9 million in grants and contracts funding since 2013, has published 43 peer reviewed journal articles and two book chapters, and presented at 23 conferences and meetings.

Meyer’s overall research objective is to improve efficiency and productivity in beef cattle production through strategic nutritional management of the cowherd. A primary focus is on physiological adaptation mechanisms of pregnant females to their nutritional environment, which allow for maternal maintenance and fetal growth. Another interest is the developmental programming implications of maternal nutrition when its adaptation is not possible and fetal development is impaired. Her overall objective includes investigation into applied production implications as well as systemic physiological, tissue-level and cellular mechanisms.

The King Visiting Scholar program is supported by the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation. It was created to contribute academically to Bumpers College by giving students and others access to national and/or international authorities in their field. The Kings had a long-standing and dedicated interest in improving Arkansas’ beef production industry.

About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in the businesses associated with foods, family, the environment, agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life; and who will be first-choice candidates of employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named for Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and longtime U.S. senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture. For more information about Bumpers College, visit our website, and follow us on Twitter at @BumpersCollege and Instagram at BumpersCollege.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A provides an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to Arkansas’ economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and job development, discovery through research and creative activity while also providing training for professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the U of A among the top 3% of U.S. colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. See how the U of A works to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.

Beef Cattle Nutrition Expert Meyer Named Animal Science King Visiting Scholar

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