Livestock Behavior Research Unit (LBRU)
West Lafayette, IN
Livestock Behavior Research Unit
125 South Russell Street
Poultry Building, Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2042
-1991: Proposal was initiated to establish a Center
of research excellence jointly through Purdue University and the Agricultural
Research Service (ARS) of the USDA. It was proposed that ARS permanently
assign four Research Scientists to Purdue University and that the following
disciplines be represented: Animal Ethology/Behavior; Neurophysiology;
Endocrinology; and Immunology. Research objectives would be to 1. Identify
internal states of animal awareness and well being 2. Establish indicators
which accurately reflect animal well-being 3. Determine how animal well-being
relates to animal health and production efficiency. Congress appropriated
funds to establish the USDA-ARS Livestock Behavior Research Unit.
-1992: The FY ’92 Appropriation Bill passed by
Congress and signed by the President contained an increase for research
on animal well-being. Amount of new funds $450,000.
-1994: Two scientists were hired to begin work at the
Unit in 1994. Dr. Gary Weesner was a molecular biologist who studied gene
regulation. Dr. Julie Morrow-Tesch, Research Leader, was an animal ethologist.
-1995: SY-95 Appropriation Bill passed by Congress and
signed by the President contained an increase for research on well-being
of food animals.
-1996: Dr. Susan D. Eicher-immunologist joined the LBRU.
-1997: A fourth scientist joined the team in 1997. Dr.
Margaret Shea-Moore was a cognitive ethologist who studied behavior and
information processing. Our research facility was built, a 13,000 sq ft
all-weather metal building with a specially designed floor system and
32 video cameras mounted in the ceiling.
-1999: Margaret Shea-Moore, Research Leader. Lab renovation
of the office space in the Poultry Science building began to accommodate
expansion. Dr. Heng-wei Cheng, neuroscientist joined the LBRU.
-2000: Dr. Susan D. Eicher Acting Research Leader, headed
the construction of an animal housing room at the LBRU research facility.
-2001: Dr. Donald C. Lay Jr.-Ethologist/Stress Physiologist,
joined the LBRU as the Research Leader. Dr. Jeremy Marchant-Forde-Ethologist
joined the LBRU.
-2003: Construction of a 3,200 sq ft laboratory beside
the LBRU animal research facility was initiated.
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