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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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ARS animal scientist Tom Jenkins (left) compares traits of different cattle breeds to help livestock producers make decisions.An animal scientist studies animal husbandry--the breeding and raising of livestock, such as cattle for milk and meat production. Animal scientists are always looking for better answers to many questions: What's the most nutritious and economical diet to feed a cow or a steer or a lamb or a chicken? What's the best way to try to make sure an animal mother has the most or the healthiest babies? Some animal scientists, such as veterinarians, also study livestock diseases and how to identify, cure or prevent them.

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