Outreach and Extension
While extension specialists are trained in specific areas, such as animal breeding, behavior, nutrition, reproduction or meats, all focus on global issues of management, environment, production and economics for all livestock species. Extension programs initiated from faculty members within the Department of Animal Sciences work to span across disciplines, other departments and universities. Agronomy, forages, economics, and environment play key roles in implementing all extension programs. Animal Sciences Extension is a part of a larger group, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), one of the nation’s largest, most scientific, and best-researched providers of information and education.
There are 1.28 million head of beef cattle and calves in the Alabama. Of this number, 678,000 are beef cows that have calved. These cattle live on over 21,000 farms in Alabama. This makes Alabama rank 17th for beef cow numbers in the U.S.
Alabama is a milk deficit state, which means we drink more milk than we can produce. There is room for more people to enter the dairy industry, whether it be with cattle or goats.
Find a variety of informational fact sheets, extension circulars, AAES publications, links and other resources on equine breeding, care, research, health and more.
Learn more about Alabama’s commercial and contract, small scale and niche swine production, as well as youth-related projects in the swine industry.
Learn how to get involved with a variety of 4-H animal science programs, including beef, dairy, sheep, horses and more.