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Research Profile – Kendall Swanson

The greatest reward is the satisfaction of working as a team to answer important questions on topics to improve the efficiency of beef cattle production.  

Name: Kendall Swanson           
Animal Science          
Campus Location:
166 Hultz Hall

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The Researcher

Dr. Kendall Swanson is an associate professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at NDSU.  He earned his B.S. and M.S degrees from NDSU and his PhD degree in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky.  He returned to NDSU to join the Animal Sciences Department as a faculty member in the fall of 2010. 

The Research

The primary focus of his research is on beef cattle nutrition and physiology. Specifically, Swanson is interested in nutritional and physiological factors influencing feed efficiency in growing and finishing cattle and in mature pregnant cows. 

Why it Matters

Feed costs are one of the largest costs associated with calf and beef production. Feed costs also generally have increased over the last several years. Even small improvements in feed efficiency can have large effects on profitability. Improved profitability should result in a sustainable and potentially growing beef industry in North Dakota and beyond.

Student Engagement

Swanson has two graduate students, one visiting graduate student, and an undergraduate student currently working on research projects at NDSU.

  • Faithe Doscher, ¾ time technician and PhD student in Animal Science.  Faith’s research is on the impacts of nutrition on pancreatic function, digestive efficiency, and nutrient management in ruminants.
  • Ligia Prezotto, PhD student in Animal Science. Ligia’s research is on the impacts of maternal nutrition on maternal and fetal intestinal and liver energy use and endocrine factors influencing feed intake in ruminants.
  • Carolina Heller Pereira, visiting PhD student from Brazil. Carolina is researching the impact of nutrition on liver function and impact of endocrine manipulation on placental and fetal development.
  • Megan Ruch, undergraduate student in Animal Science. Megan assists with projects on digestion and pancreatic function.



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