Like most of the U.S. economy, the sheep and goat industry is expected to take a few hard knocks from the COVID-19 epidemic as restaurants close temporarily, and more people work from home.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Sheep and Goat Specialist Reid Redden tells producers that COVID-19 is causing major market disruptions in the sheep and goat industry. The disease couldn’t have worse timing, striking during the biggest peak in the supply-demand season for lamb, Redden said. A few weeks ago, the American Lamb Board had indicated retail sales of lamb increased 50 percent before COVID-19 started impacting the U.S. economy.
USA, Mississippi – Assistant Professor in Swine Management with a research emphasis in Growth and Development or Meat Science
The Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences is seeking an Assistant Extension Professor for a 12-month tenure track (60% extension/40% Research) position to develop a swine management extension program and a research program that emphasizes swine growth and development and/or fresh or processed pork production. The Animal and Dairy Sciences Department currently houses approximately 380 undergraduate students, 20 graduate students, and 22 faculty, both on campus at research and extension centers throughout Mississippi. The Department conducts teaching, research and extension activities on the 1200 acre south farm which includes a small research swineherd and research pens for over 150 animals. Also, proximity to commercial swine facilities in the Southeast will increase research and extension opportunities for the successful candidate. The Department began operations on a new 15,000 ft2 Meat Science and Muscle Laboratory in July of 2018 and will move into a new 38,000 ft2 Animal and Dairy Sciences Building in June of 2019. The Department offers Bachelors of Science degrees with concentrations in Pre-Vet Science/Science, Animal Production, and Business and Industry. Both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered from within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in Animal and Dairy Sciences.
Associate Editor for Meat
Edi Piasentier is Professor of Animal Husbandry in the Department of Agricultural, Food, Environmental and Animal Sciences at the University of Udine. Piasentier serves as director of the University’s Experimental Farm ‘A. Servadei’ and he is the coordinator of the ‘Livestock Farming and Food Quality’ research group at the University of Udine, where he is also course convenor in the graduate and postgraduate programs of Animal Sciences. He is a member of the scientific committee of the doctorate programme in Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnologies, and he has been the first supervisor for 12 Ph.D. students in different aspects of meat quality research, from molecular processes to consumer perception.
He is the author of more than 320 publications; his articles have appeared in journals such as Meat Science, Animal Science, Food Chemistry and Food Quality and Preference. His research interests mainly focus on evaluation and modification of the perceived quality of and traceability of animal-source foods. He has applied his expertise in sensory analysis and stable isotope ratio analysis in the study of products from several livestock species, including small ruminants.
He has collaborated with research groups in Europe, US, Asia, and Africa. He is a founding member of the Italian Society of Sensory Science.
The International Goat Association promotes goat research and development for the benefit of humankind, to alleviate poverty, to promote prosperity and to improve the quality of life.