Major areas of research include utilization of locally available crop and industry by-products for use as animal feeds, agroforestry/silvopasture, year-round grazing, etc. The use of locally available byproducts as animal feeds is of significant importance to limited resource producers as well as to general livestock producers as feed prices especially corn prices have soared in the recent past. Producers are always looking for economically viable feedstuffs for their livestock species. Another area of research is year-round grazing management. Grazing is the most economical way of raising livestock. The southern agro-climatic conditions favor year-round production of forages; however, many limited resource producers do not practice year-round grazing because of lack of training and education. We are conducting several research projects to identify gaps and needs in the production of forages year-round by small producers and how they can sustain animal productivity.
I am also collaborating with other researchers in the development of sustainable means of controlling internal parasites especially round worms for small ruminants. The prevalence of internal parasites is one of the major bottlenecks of small ruminant production in the southern region.
I am also involved in the area of agroforestry/silvopasture research. We are working in the development of guidelines of integrating meat goats under pine (loblolly and long-leaf) plantations. Pine growers need supplementary annual incomes before they can harvest trees. Goats are becoming increasingly popular in the US in the recent years.