Cole, Noel Andy
Supervisory Research Animal Scientist
USDA-ARS Conservation & Production Research Lab
P.O. Drawer 10 (2300 Experiment Station Rd-ship)
Bushland TX 79012
The Livestock Nutrient Management Research Unit (LNMRU) conducts basic and applied research to provide strategies that enhance livestock production efficiency and decrease potential adverse effects of livestock production on the environment. We seek to develop practices that 1) efficiently use nutrients in livestock diets and minimize nutrient losses to the environment, 2) extend our understanding of the effects of livestock production practices on emissions of greenhouse gases, ammonia, and other substances of concern, 3) expand our ability to accurately estimate or predict emissions of greenhouse gases and ammonia under differing environments and production practices, and 4) manage manure to retain fertilizer value and prevent nutrient losses to air and water. We use a multi-disciplinary approach that integrates animal science, soil science, biochemistry, micrometeorology, and biosystems engineering. We work in all phases of livestock production and at scales that range from individual animals to grazing herds to concentrated livestock feeding operations. Research is conducted under National Program 214 and has subcomponents related to National Programs 101, 212, and 215.