Sha Tao Associate Professor Animal & Dairy Science
Portrait of Sha Tao
Contact Information 706-542-0658
Mailing Address Athens, CAES Campus E.L. Rhodes Center, 425 River Road, Athens, GA 30602
Shipping Address Athens, CAES Campus

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Portrait of Sha Tao


Dr. Tao is an associate professor in heat stress physiology and management at the University of Georgia in Tifton. Dr. Tao originally is from Kaifeng, China. He obtained his BS (2004) and MS (2007) degrees from Henan University of Technology in China and his Ph.D. at the University of Florida in 2012. After a 2 year postdoc at the same institution, Dr. Tao joined the University of Georgia – Tifton campus in 2014 as an assistant professor.  

B.S. (Agriculture) Henan University of Technology, Zhengzhou, China
M.S. (Animal Sciences) Henan University of Technology, Zhengzhou, China
Ph.D. (Animal Molecular and Cellular Biology) University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Description of Research and Extension Interests

The primary research interest in Dr. Tao’s lab is heat stress physiology in dairy cattle. The goals of his research team are to understand how heat stress affects the cow and calf on lactation, growth, metabolism and health by different means, and to explore the management and nutritional strategies to minimize the negative effects of heat stress on cows and calves. The extension program is tied with research and the focus is to utilize different management tools, such as environmental manipulations, heat abatement and nutritional strategies, to enhance the production and health of the cow and calf.

Selected Recent Publications

1.       Marins, T. N., A. P. A. Monteiro, X. Weng, J. Guo, R. M. Orellana Rivas, J. K. Bernard, D. J. Tomlinson, J. M. DeFrain, and S. Tao. 2019. Response of lactating dairy cows fed different supplemental zinc sources with and without evaporative cooling to intramammary lipopolysaccharide infusion: Intake, milk yield and composition, and hematologic profile. J. Anim. Sci. (Accepted on 2/20/19). DOI: 10.1093/jas/skz082

2.       Tao, S., G. E. Dahl, J. Laporta, J. K. Bernard R. M. Orellana, and T. N. Marins. 2019. Physiology Symposium: Postnatal consequences of heat stress during fetal development: Effects of heat stress during late gestation on the dam and its calf. J. Anim. Sci. (accepted at 2/7/19). DOI: 10.1093/jas/skz061

3.       Miller-Cushon, E. K., A. M. Dayton, K. C. Horvath, A. P. A. Monteiro, X. Weng, and S. Tao. 2019. Effects of acute and chronic heat stress on feed sorting behavior of lactating dairy cows. Animal. Accepted on 17-Dec-2018 (ANIMAL-18-40881). doi: 10.1017/S1751731118003762

4.       Tao, S., R. M. Orellana, X, Weng, T. N. Marins, G. E. Dahl, and J. K. Bernard. 2018. Symposium Review: The influence of heat stress on bovine mammary gland. J. Dairy Sci. 101:5642-5654.

5.       Weng, X-S., A. P. A. Monteiro, J-R. Guo, C. Li, R. M. Orellana, T. N. Marins, J. K. Bernard, D. J. Tomlinson, J. M. DeFrain, S. Wohlgemuth, and S. Tao. 2018. Effects of heat stress and dietary zinc source on mammary epithelial integrity of lactating dairy cows. J. Dairy Sci. 101:2617-2630.

6.       Dahl, G. E., S. Tao, and J. Laporta. 2017. TRIENNIAL LACTATION SYMPOSIUM/BOLFA: Late gestation heat stress of dairy cattle programs of dam and daughter milk production. J. Anim. Sci. 95:5701-5710.

7.       Xu, Y., S. Tao, N. Hinkle, M. Harrison, and J. Chen. 2017. Salmonella, including antibiotic-resistant Salmonella, from flies captured from cattle farms in Georgia, U.S.A. Sci. Total Environ. 616-617:90-96.

8.       Weng, X-S., A. P. A. Monteiro, J-R. Guo, B. M. Ahmed, J. K. Bernard, J. M. DeFrain, G. E. Dahl, and S. Tao. 2017. Short Communication: Repeated mammary tissue collections during lactation have no impact on cow performance. J. Dairy Sci. 100:8422-8425.

9.       Bernard, J. K., and S. Tao. 2017. Effect of brachytic dwarf forage sorghum or corn silage harvested in the summer or fall and supplemented with soybean meal or mechanically pressed cottonseed meal on performance of lactating dairy cows. Prof. Anim. Sci. 33:342-348.

10.   Monteiro, A. P. A., J. K. Bernard, J-R. Guo, X-S, Weng, S. Emanual, R. Davis, G. E. Dahl, and S. Tao. 2017. Impact of feeding betaine-containing liquid supplement to transition dairy cows. J. Dairy Sci. 100:1063-1071.