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Illinois Animal Agriculture

Animal agriculture is vitally important to the State of Illinois, both currently and in the future. Animal products provide high-quality nutrition for humans and a large job base for Illinois citizens. Animal production in Illinois generates over $2.5 billion in total income to producers, provides alternative enterprises and employment, and produces value-added products from grain and forages.

The Department of Animal Sciences is engaged in a number of research and outreach projects that address the benefits and problem areas surrounding animal production in the state. One such project is the research conducted on the BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) problems in cattle. This project is designed to identify the reasons as to why BSE is a problem.

In addition to the BSE Project, other displays will depict current research being conducted in the area of Swine, Beef, and Dairy Management. Thus, these tent exhibits will feature the most up-to-date research being conducted in the area of Animal Sciences.

Ken W. Koelkebeck, Associate Professor
Department of Animal Sciences
(217) 244-0195; kkoelkeb@illinois.edu


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