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2019 Update – Learn more about our new USDA NIFA Organic Transitions Program project entitled, Overcoming barriers to transitioning small ruminants to organic production:  Effects of feeding birdsfoot trefoil on parasite control, nutritional status & profitability, that builds from this project.

Project partners and contacts

Cornell University

Coordinate on-farm BFT demonstrations and field evaluations; and lead outreach and extension programs.

tatiana Stanton, Ph.D. –
Dept. Animal Science

University of Rhode Island
  • Evaluate BFT accessions for agronomic traits, collection of material for tannin analyses and feeding trials, and increase seed of promising varieties.
  • Evaluate response of H. contortus (barber pole worm) in sheep when exposed to BFT extracts.

Rebecca Brown, Ph.D. –
Dept. Plant Sciences and Entomology

Katherine Petersson, Ph.D. –
Dept. Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Sciences

URI Agronomy Farm, May 2014
URI Agronomy Farm, May 2014

West Virginia University
  • Manage field evaluations and conduct sheep grazing trials of commercially available BFT cultivars.
  • Evaluate immunological responses in sheep fed BFT.

Jim Kotcon, Ph.D. –
William Bryan, Ph.D. –
Div. of Plant and Soil Sciences

Scott Bowdridge, Ph.D. –
Div. of Animal and Nutritional Sciences

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Characterize tannin profiles of BFT cultivars and identification of bioactive components.

Jess Reed, Ph.D. –
Chris Krueger –
Dept. Animal Sciences

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine; Virginia Tech

Project parasitologist leading the gastrointestinal nematode parasite research components in partnership with WVU and URI.

Anne Zajac, DVM, Ph.D. –
Dept. Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology

This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative under Agreement No. 2012-51300-03654.