• Animal Science


    The Animal Science research facilities are located in Spaulding and Trigg halls, and on the UMES Research and Teaching Farm.

    Nutrition and Physiology Laboratories

     

     The Poultry Nutrition and Physiology Laboratories are located in Spaulding Hall. These laboratories are equipped to conduct complete  proximate analysis (% crude protein, % moisture, % ether extract, % crude fiber, and % ash) on feedstuffs and/or meat as well as  many other analytical procedures. Spaulding Hall also houses the chick laboratory, with 2 Petersime batteries capable of housing young  chicks from 0-3 weeks of age.

     The laboratory is equipped with High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assays (ELISA). HPLC  is used to determine amino acid composition in feed. ELISA is used to determine very minute levels of anti-bodies in the blood of  animals.

     
     


    Radioligand Assay Laboratory


    The Radioligand Assay Laboratory in Trigg Hall is designed to conduct radio-immunoassays and/or radio receptor assays. It is used for preparing and purifying radio-labeled polypeptide ligands, extracting and preparing steroid hormones for assay and receptor protein isolation. Equipment includes Beta and Gamma counter, low speed centrifuge and ultra centrifuge, as well as other support equipment.

    Poultry Technology and Management Facility


    The Poultry Technology and Management Facility on the UMES Teaching and Research farm supports research that involves determining amino acid requirements, reducing phosphorus excretion, and improving overall performance of broilers. This facility houses a 10,000 broiler grow-out house, which produces approximately 4-5 flocks/year. It also includes a 48-pen research room. Each pen holds 5-7 broilers raised on litter. This room can also accommodate four Petersime grower batteries (12 compartments in each battery) for research trials.

    The Swine and Ruminant Facilities


    The ruminant facility is housed on the farm. Research conducted there involves parasite resistance in sheep and goats (breeding, alternative dewormers, etc), meat quality/food safety, alternative feed ingredients and increasing reproductive efficiency. The ruminant facility consists of several pastures and buildings, as well as handling equipment for the livestock. Buildings include sustainable facilities such as Hoop structures.  Although calves are brought in every year for teaching purposes, the primary animal inhabitants of the ruminant farm are hair sheep and meat goats. Research methods used in the animal-related research include molecular biology techniques (i.e. cloning and sequencing of DNA), measurement of hormones, and applied procedures such as measuring worm egg numbers in feces, feeding different rations and measuring growth rates of the animals.

    The Swine facility is also located on the farm. Research conducted there involves growth, reproduction and meat quality. The facility includes a 40-sow, total confinement farrow-to-finish unit which includes a metabolism room with crates adaptable for swine, sheep and goats and other rooms that can accommodate the individual housing and feeding of swine, sheep or goats as necessary for many experiments. All sows are bred using artificial insemination. Pregnant sows are group-housed in a large pen serviced by a computerized sow feeding apparatus. The facility includes a surgery suite, laboratories, offices and a classroom.

    The Ruminant facility has pasture and housing that has also been the home to horses, including rescued Standardbreds, Nurse Mare foals (as yearlings) and PMU foals (as yearlings) among others.  However, all equine research has been conducted at other institutions in collaboration with UMES.