Beef Cattle Nutrition Expert Meyer Named King Science Animal Visiting Scholar



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

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

Meyer will be on campus meeting with faculty and undergraduate and graduate students to discuss his research. His visit includes an open seminar at the U of A System Department, College, and Division of Agriculture, as well as other interactions with students and faculty.

An open seminar is scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the John W. Tyson Building (Poultry Science) (room A211). His presentation is “The Limit Exists: Nutrient Distribution from Challenged Beef Cows to Their Fetal and Pre-Weaning Calves.”

Meyer is also invited to lecture in a Career Development and Readiness class on Monday, a Reproductive Physiology class on Tuesday, and a Growth and Muscle Development class on Wednesday, and visits graduate students at a lunch Wednesday.

Meyer earned her BS in Animal Science from Michigan State University, her MS in Ruminant Nutrition from Missouri, and her Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition and Nutritional Physiology from North Dakota State University.

She was named Outstanding Young Investigator for the Midwest Section by the American Society of Animal Science in 2020, served on grant review committees for the US Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and agriculture and the National Science Foundation, has received over $1.9 million in grants and contract 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 goal is to improve the efficiency and productivity of beef cattle production through strategic nutritional management of the herd. Emphasis is placed on the physiological adaptation mechanisms of pregnant women to their nutritional environment, which allow the maintenance of the mother and the growth of the fetus. Of further interest are the developmental programming implications of maternal nutrition when its adaptation is not possible and fetal development is impaired. Its overall objective includes the study of the implications of applied production as well as physiological, tissue and cellular systemic 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 and dedicated interest in improving Arkansas’ beef production industry.

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