Dairy Expert McGuire to Lead U-Idaho Animal and Veterinary Science Department

Tuesday, May 21 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – Animal scientist Mark McGuire, who specializes in dairy cow physiology, will lead the University of Idaho Department of Animal and Veterinary Science.

McGuire joined the faculty of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in 1995. He has served as interim department head since 2012.

“Dr. McGuire will be a strong leader and supporter of animal agriculture in the state of Idaho, and he has the vision to move AVS forward during this important period of time,” said John Foltz, the college’s interim dean.

McGuire’s research is focused around milk. Alterations in milk composition may enhance nutritional properties of bovine milk for the human consumer and may reduce the risk of mastitis for the cow.

His research projects have looked at topics as diverse as increasing the proportion of healthful components in dairy products and beef and their impacts on consumers, improving milk production through nutrition and technology, and identifying the microbiome of human and bovine milk.

He works closely with the dairy industry conducting research and training students for employment.

The United Dairymen of Idaho, Idaho Beef Council, Gates Foundation, USDA and National Institutes of Health have funded McGuire’s research.

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