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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
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
Maggie ThompsonPoultry veterinary medicine
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
Taylor EvansRegional Extension AgentBaldwin, Butler, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington Counties
Ali GotcherRegional Extension AgentColbert, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Marion, Morgan, Walker, and Winston Counties
Rickey HudsonRegional Extension AgentBarbour, Bullock, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Pike Counties
Jenna SchmidtRegional Extension AgentCalhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, and Marshall Counties
Elli ZornRegional Extension AgentChambers, Clay, Coosa, Lee, Macon, Randolph, Russell, Talladega, and Tallapoosa Counties
Vacant - Call your county Extension office for assistanceRegional Extension AgentBlount, Cullman, Limestone, Madison, and Morgan Counties
Vacant - Call your county Extension office for assistanceRegional Extension AgentChoctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, and Wilcox 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
Landon MarksCherokee
Jimmy SmithermanMontgomery
Matt Webb


Anthony WigginsMonroe