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Beef cattle grazing in winter grazing in Autauga County, Alabama.

With its broad reach, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s animal science and forages team works with new and beginning farmers, as well as those who are established in the industry. They provide research-based livestock and forage production recommendations that enhance on-farm efficiency and sustainability in the southeastern United States. The team focuses on the development and delivery of educational programs and demonstrations with farmers and ranchers to improve knowledge, awareness, and adoption of best management practices related to livestock and forage production systems.


Animal Science and Forages Specialists

The following Alabama Extension specialists have expertise related to animal science and forages.
Name Specialty Areas
Team Coordinator
Kim MullenixBeef production systems (nutrition and forages)
Team Members
Eve BrantleyWater Resource Center
Leanne DillardForage systems
Michelle ElmoreBeef production systems
Courtney HeatonEquine science
Ken KelleyFarm and agribusiness management
Katelyn KesheimerInsect pest management
Valens Niyigena Sheep and goat production systems
Adam RabinowitzFarm and agribusiness management
Soren RodingVeterinary medicine
Max RungeFarm and agribusiness management
David RussellWeed science
Wendiam SawadgoAgricultural marketing and risk management
Kent StanfordNutrient management
Sonja ThomasPesticide application and safety
Rishi PrasadNutrient Management


Animal Science and Forages Regional Extension Agents

Name TitleGeographical Responsibility
Joshua ElmoreRegional Extension AgentAutauga, Bibb, Chilton, Elmore, Jefferson, Lowndes, Montgomery, Shelby, and St. Clair counties
Rickey HudsonRegional Extension AgentBarbour, Bullock, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Pike counties
Landon MarksRegional Extension AgentCherokee, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, and Marshall counties
Shelby MarshRegional Extension AgentChoctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, and Wilcox counties
Kelly PalmerRegional Extension AgentBaldwin, Butler, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington counties
Gerry ThompsonRegional Extension AgentBlount, Cullman, Limestone, Madison, and Morgan counties


Animal Science and Forages County Extension Coordinators

The following County Extension Coordinators have expertise related to animal science and forages.
Name County
Zack BrannonWinston
Brett CrowMorgan
Karen CrowColbert
David DanielDallas
Henry DoroughTalladega
Danny MillerCherokee
Jimmy SmithermanMontgomery
Matt Webb


Anthony WigginsEscambia