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Eric Berg

 Eric Berg

Eric Berg
Professor / Animal Sciences
Past-President, American Meat Science Association
American Meat Science Association Fellow


Office: Hultz Hall 100e
Phone: (701) 231-6271


Research interests:
How food and food combinatoins impact susceptibility to obesity related metabolic disorders using swine as a model for humans.

Postdoctoral Fellow; Texas A&M University, 1996-1998
Ph.D. (Meat Science); Purdue University, 1996
M.S. (Meat Science); North Dakota St. 1991
B.S. (Animal & Range Science); North Dakota State University, 1988
B.S. (Agricultural Education); North Dakota State University, 1988

Courses taught:
ANSC 114 - Introduction to Animal Science
ANSC 478 - Research and Issues in Animal Agriculture
ANSC 444/644 – Livestock Muscle Physiology


Dr. Berg has published 71 refereed scientific publications, 139 society presentations/abstracts, and five book chapters as of February 1, 2019.

Select Publications

Agarwal, S., V.L. Fulgoni, and E.P. Berg. 2015. Association of Lunch Meat Consumption with Nutrient Intake, Diet Quality and Health Risk factors in U.S. Children and Adults: NHANES 2007-2010. Nutrition Journal 14:128.

Magolski, J.D., N.W. Shappell, K.A. Vonnahme, G.M. Anderson, D.J. Newman, and E.P. Berg. 2014. Consumption of ground beef obtained from cattle that had received steroidal growth-promotants does not trigger early onset of estrus using in pre-pubertal pigs.  J Nutr. 144:1718-1724.

Kaminski, S.L., A.T. Grazul-Bilska, E.K. Harris, E.P. Berg, and K.A. Vonnahme. 2014. Impact of maternal physical activity during gestation on porcine fetal, neonatal, and adolescent ovarian development.  Manuscript #REP-13-0437. Accepted with revision to Dom Anim Endo.

Magolski, J.D, D. S. Buchanan, K. R. Maddock-Carlin, V. L. Anderson, D.J. Newman, and E. P. Berg, 2013. Relationship between commercially available DNA analysis and phenotypic observations on meat quality and tenderness.  Meat Sci. 95:480-485.

Harris, E.K., E.P. Berg, E.L. Berg, and K.A. Vonnahme. 2012. Effect of maternal activity during gestation on maternal behavior, fetal growth, umbilical blood flow, and farrowing characteristics in pigs. J. Anim. Sci. 91:734-744.

Magolski, J.D, E.P. Berg, N.L. Hall, V.L. Anderson, W.A.. Keller, T.M. Jeske, and K.R. Maddock Carlin. 2012. Evaluation of feedlot cattle working chute environment relative to temperament, tenderness, and postmortem proteolysis. Meat Science. 95:92-97.

Berg, E.L.,  D.L. McNamara, G.E. Rottinghaus, Y. Chen, E.P. Berg, V.K. Ganjam, and D.H. Keisler. 2012. The effects of lipoic acid supplementation on blood glucose and insulin concentrations in pony mares. Prof. Anim. Sci. 28:632-638.

Berg, E.P., C.A. Stahl, M.S. Shannon, D.L. McNamara, T.B. Schmidt, and B.R. Wiegand. 2011 The influence of dietary protein on market barrows and gilts supplemented creatine monohydrate in conjunction with a high glycemic carbohydrate. Meat Sci. 88:429-433.

Stahl, C.A., M.S. Carlson-Shannon, B.R. Wiegand, D.L. Meyer, T.B. Schmidt, and E.P. Berg. 2007. The influence of creatine and a high glycemic carbohydrate on the growth performance and meat quality of market hogs fed ractopamine hydrochloride. Meat Sci. 75:143-149.

Brandt, M.M, D.H. Keisler, D.L. Meyer, T.B. Schmidt and E.P. Berg. 2007. Serum hormone concentrations relative to carcass composition of a random allotment of commercial fed beef cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 85:267-275.

Schmidt, T. B., M. S. Brown, E. M. Cochran, R. L. Larson, S. B. Kleiboeker, J. J. Garcia, C. W. Morgan, C. C. Drager, G. K. Rentfrow, and E. P. Berg, 2006. The effect of dietary lipoic acid on metabolic hormones and acute phase proteins in steers challenged with infectious bovine rhinotracheitis virus. Amer J Vet Res. 67:1192-1198.

Meyer, D.L., E. L. Walker, M. S. Kerley, D. H. Keisler, V. L. Pierce, T. B. Schmidt, C. A. Stahl, M. L. Linville, and E. P. Berg. 2005. Ultrasonic growth curve analysis, final carcass measurements and shear force data in early weaned versus traditional weaned beef steers. J. Anim. Sci. 83:2752-2761.

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