CAES Animal and Dairy Science News

Beef cattle (file photo) CAES News
The hot air around methane
It is true that cattle produce methane, but it is a natural process that is balanced by carbon sequestered in soil and plants.
When implementing grazing management strategies, one of the key tools to success is using temporary fencing technology. This technology is a fantastic advancement that allows us the opportunity to adjust our grazing paddock size multiple times throughout the year based on animal need and number, forage growth and availability. (Photo by Justin Burt) CAES News
Incorporating alfalfa in forage systems could lead to environmental benefits
Grazing specialist Jennifer Tucker is leading efforts to develop best management practices to restore grasslands and sustainably increase alfalfa production in the Southeast.

ADS Newsletter

Read about our outstanding faculty, staff, and students in the 2021 Fall Newsletter.

2021 Fall Newsletter


Horses in Georgia

The University of Georgia’s Equine Program encompasses instruction and research in the fields of equine science and management, as well as an extension role with state youth horse programs and continuing education opportunities for horse owners and county Extension agents.


40 under 40

Congratulations to Franklin West (PHD ’08)!

Franklin D. West (PhD '08)
UGA Collegiate Horse Judging Team 2019
Photographed L-R: Madison Walker, Bailey Gibson, Jenna Farmer, Sam Ellis and Doug Mundrick.


The UGA Collegiate Horse Judging Team made first national contest appearance

The UGA Collegiate Horse Judging Team made their first national contest appearance in many years at the Ohio Quarter Horse Congress Judging Contest on October 16, 2019.  This contest is hosted by the largest one breed horse show in the country that has hosted the contest for 51 years!  

The contest serves as an ultimate test of the judging standards for a wide variety of performance events in the American Quarter Horse Association shows.  College students and youth evaluated 12 classes of top quality horses in classes such as conformation, western pleasure, hunter under saddle, equitation, western horsemanship, hunter hack, western riding, trail, reining, and ranch riding.  A possible 50 points per class was earned for perfectly aligning the horses as an official panel of AQHA judges placed the classes.  In the afternoon, the students individually addressed the judges with their reasoning for placing five classes from the morning.  Students could earn up to an additional 50 points/per reason set with excellent accuracy, correct terminology, and effective presentation skills.    

The Congress contest was won by West TX University from Canyon, TX, followed by Oklahoma State University.  The Dawgs finished just out of the top 5, placing sixth overall.  The five member team was composed of Samantha Ellis (Mechanicsville, VA), Jenna Farmer (Conyers, GA), Bailey Gibson (Nolensville, TN), Doug Mundrick (Madison, GA), and Madison Walker (Grayson, GA).  Each of the UGA students earned some personal “bests” in reasons and placings scores, but most noteworthy was their ability to score a 45 or above on the oral reasons.  The University of Georgia Animal and Dairy Science Department offers two courses on equine evaluation that started these students into the collegiate competitive world of horse judging.

Coached by Dr. Julia McCann, the entire team is grateful to the GA professionals and their horses that have been shared with the group.  The team is very appreciative of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Science and the ADSC Department and Head Dr. Francis Fluharty for their support.  Another new team will be cultivated this spring for contests in TN and OK in April and May, 2020!