Dr. Burke is a Research Animal Scientist with the USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center in Booneville, Arkansas. She received a Ph.D. in reproductive biology at Oregon State University, a Master’s in animal science from the University of Maine and a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. Dr. Burke has been with ARS since 1999 where she has conducted research on the control of gastrointestinal nematodes in sheep and goats. Her program focuses on addressing problems of small and mid-size farmers including organic and grass-fed production systems for sheep and cattle, alternatives to synthetic anthelmintics, nutrition, and genetic selection for parasite resistant animals. She was co-recipient of a patent on the use of sericea lespedeza to control parasites in animals, and her team received the 2016 Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, and the 2015 ARS Southeast Area Technology Transfer Award for the development of technology to aid in the control of internal parasites in sheep and goats. She works closely with producers conducting research and disseminating results. She has been a member of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control since it began in 2001.
•• Research Animal Scientist (1999 - present), USDA, ARS, Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center, Booneville, Arkansas.
My research focuses on developing sustainable livestock grazing systems for control of gastrointestinal nematodes for organic and conventional production and improved post-weaning growth. Other research topics include development of grazing systems for grass finished beef, management practices to optimize production in cattle grazing endophyte-infected tall fescue and impact on reproduction in ruminants. Impact is recognized for development of non-chemical control of gastrointestinal nematodes of sheep and goats, improvements in management of hair sheep in the U.S., changes in function of reproductive organs in response to endophyte-infected tall fescue, and interactions between nutrition and reproduction in ruminant females.
- Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Dairy & Poultry Sciences, University of Florida. Examined interaction between reproduction and nutrition in dairy cattle.
- Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Animal Sciences, Oregon State University. Studied interactions between reproduction and nutrition in cycling ewes.
- Graduate Research Assistant, University of Maine. Examined nutrition and reproduction interactions in sheep.
- USDA, NIFA, Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative grant ($967,916; 2010 - 2014), "A systems approach to control gastrointestinal nematodes in organic small ruminant production." This project involves cooperators from Fort Valley State University, Louisiana State University, Ohio State University, Michigan State University, Heifer International, University of Arkansas, NCAT/ATTRA, and a producer advisory panel of 31 producers from 15 states.
- USDA, SBIR, Phase I and II ($90,000 and $460,000; 2010 - 2013), "A pelleted sericea lespedeza diet for control of internal parasites and pathogens in goats and sheep," awarded to the Sims Brothers; role as cooperator and wrote proposals.
- USDA, AFRI, Beginning Farmers ($749,000; 2010 - 2013), "Integrated poultry, livestock and agroforestry production: training for new and beginning farmers," awarded to University of Arkansas; involved in teaching modules for small ruminant production.
- Southern Region SARE Research & Education grant ($210,000; 2010 - 2013), "Integrating Free-range Poultry with Ruminant and Agroforestry Production in a Systems Approach" awarded to A. Fanatico, USDA, ARS, Fayetteville, AR.
- Southern Region SARE Producer grant ($14, 866; 2009-2010), "Identifying ewes resistant to gastrointestinal parasitic worms during gestation and lactation." This project involves several farmers in AR, GA, and OH.
- Southern Region SARE grant ($230,000; 2008 - 2011), "Sustainable control of gastrointestinal nematodes in organic and grass-fed small ruminant production systems." This is a multi-institutional project involving Fort Valley State University, Louisiana State University, Texas Agrilife Research at Stephenville, Auburn University, Heifer International, and NCAT.
- Cooperator on USDA Capacity Building Grants: Delaware State University (2012 - 2014, $199,629, Genetics to Control Parasites in Goats and Establishment of a Small Ruminant Parasitology Resource in Delaware; 2007 - 2010, Characterization of gastrointestinal nematodes in small ruminants in the northeast US); Virginia State University (2008 - 2011, Effect of management practices on alpaca fiber production); Fort Valley State University (2007 - 2010, Development and field testing of natural (non-chemical) systems for controlling gastrointestinal nematodes in sheep and goats in the southern USA; 2005 - 2008; $300,951, Use of condensed tannin-containing plants to control gastrointestinal nematodes in sheep and goats in the southern USA).
- Integrated Organics Program (CSREES) grant ($299,632; 2005 - 2008), "Development of sustainable gastrointestinal nematode control in organic small ruminant production." This was a multi-institutional project involving Fort Valley State University, Louisiana State University, Texas A&M at Stephenville, USDA, ARS (Booneville, AR; Brooksville, FL), Auburn University, and NCAT.
- Cooperator on USDA Southern Region SARE R&E grant (2005 - 2008; $278,000) received by Fort Valley State University, "Sustainable control of gastrointestinal nematodes in small ruminants."
- Cooperator on USDA Southern Region SARE Planning grant (2004 - 2005; $15,500) received by Fort Valley State University, "Sustainable control of gastrointestinal nematodes in small ruminants using forages containing condensed tannins."
- Cooperator on USDA National Sheep Industry Improvement Center grant (2004 - 2005; $60,000) received by Louisiana State University, "Integrated Approach for Controlling Nematode Parasites in Small Ruminants."
- Cooperator on USDA Southern Region SARE R&E grant (2002 - 2006; $278,000) received by Fort Valley State University, "Novel approaches for sustainable control of gastrointestinal nematodes in small ruminants in the southeastern US."
- Mosjidis, J.A., Terrill, T.H., Miller, J.E., Burke, J.M., 2009. Method and Composition for the Control of Gastrointestinal Parasites in Animals. U.S. Patent No. 7615240 B2, November 2009. Licensed to the Sims Brothers, Inc., 2011.
•• American Society of Animal Science, 1992 - present
•• Southern Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control, 2001 - present
•• NCERA-214 (Increased Efficiency of Sheep Production), 2004 - present
•• International Goat Association, 2000 - present
•• SCC-81 (Sustainable Small Ruminant Production in the Southeastern U.S.), 2006 - present
Selecting the Right Sheep for Your Operation - 2011 Ohio Agriculture Research & Development Center (Wooster, OH)