From our species-specific regional producer programs to our hands-on educational programs for youth, the latest practical information in animal sciences is provided by our trusted faculty, staff, and students.

Whereas all animal sciences faculty engage in outreach efforts, some faculty hold Extension appointments that enable them to develop program in support of the University’s mission to give back to the public. Found below are the main contacts and links to their Extension programs and resources.

As a joint effort with University of Illinois Extension, the Department of Animal Sciences also manages Illinois-based research centers that help researchers gain critical information, and then disperse valuable information to the community. The Dixon Springs Agricultural Center and Orr Beef Research Center conduct research on beef cattle, as well other research areas.

The department makes a considerable contribution to the College of ACES Extension and outreach. Several Extension faculty and specialists work with farmers on livestock waste management, air quality control in livestock facilities, farm safety, drainage, and chemical applications.

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Animal Sciences Extension & Outreach programs provide practical education and learning activities to help people, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future.

We take knowledge gained through faculty and student research and make it accessible to the public.

Faculty Members and Specialists

Lee Rincker

Beef Cattle, Swine

Lee Rincker, Instructor

Specialization: Youth Outreach
Email: lrincke2@illinois.edu
Website: https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/animal-sciences

Travis Meteer

Beef Cattle

Travis Meteer, Extension Specialist, Orr Ag R&D Center

Specialization: Production and Outreach
Email: wmeteer2@illinois.edu
Website: https://extension.illinois.edu/oardc

Teresa Steckler

Beef Cattle, Sheep/Goats

Teresa Steckler, Extension Specialist, Dixon Springs Center

Specialization: Production and Outreach
Email: tsteckle@illinois.edu
Website: https://extension.illinois.edu/dsachttps://farmdoc.illinois.edu/livestock-production

Amy Fischer-Brown

Companion Animal

Amy Fischer-Brown, Teaching Associate Professor

Specialization: Animal Shelters, Humane Education
Email: afischer@illinois.edu
Website: https://companion-animals.extension.org

Felipe Cardoso

Dairy Cattle

Felipe Cardoso, Associate Professor

Specialization: Production
Email: cardoso2@illinois.edu
Website: https://dairyfocus.illinois.edu

Derek Nolan

Dairy Cattle

Derek Nolan, Teaching Associate Professor

Specialization: Youth, Production
Email: dtnolan@illinois.edu
Website: https://www.facebook.com/UIUCDairyExt

Kevin Kline

Equine

Kevin Kline, Professor

Specialization: Production, Outreach
Email: kkline@illinois.edu
Website: http://livestocktrail.illinois.edu/horsenet

Debra Hagstrom

Equine

Debra Hagstrom, Extension Specialist

Specialization: Youth Outreach
Email: hagstrom@illinois.edu
Website: https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/animal-sciences

Dan Jennings

Livestock

Dan Jennings, Extension Educator

Specialization: 4-H Youth Development, Animal Systems
Email: djjennin@illinois.edu

Brandon Klehm

Meat Science

Brandon Klehm, Instructor

Specialization: Meat Science and Evaluation
Email: hagstrom@illinois.edu

Ken Koelkebeck

Poultry

Ken Koelkebeck, Professor

Specialization: Production, Outreach, Youth 
Email: kkoelkeb@illinois.edu
Website: http://livestocktrail.illinois.edu

Michael Ellis

Swine

Michael Ellis, Professor

Specialization: Production, Genetics 
Email: mellis7@illinois.edu

Hans Stein

Swine

Hans Stein, Professor

Specialization: Nutrition
Email: hstein@illinois.edu
Website: www.nutrition.ansci.illinois.edu

Robert Knox

Swine

Robert Knox, Professor

Specialization: Reproduction
Email: rknox@illinois.edu
Website: https://publish.illinois.edu/swine-repronet

Resources

Agricultural Safety and Health
Research-based information and resources to assist individuals and organizations in understanding and preventing injury and illness while working in and around Illinois agriculture.

Agricultural Safety and Health Network
Community-based programs addressing various agricultural safety and health issues.

Illinois Certified Livestock Manager Training
The goal of our CLM training is to educate Illinois livestock producers about waste management practices, rules, and regulations to enable them to become certified as required by state of Illinois regulations.

Livestock Facilities and Manure Management
The Small Farms Manure Management website provides livestock producers with information related to composting manure, environmental rules and regulations, facilities, manure land application, and pasture management.

Illinois Manure Management Plan
The Illinois Manure Management Plan website offers step-by-step instructions for developing manure management plans that comply with the requirements of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.