Research interests: My research interests are improvement of animal agriculture
production through evaluation of more efficient methods for production.
Primarily, by evaluation of feedstuffs, diet manipulations and other
nutritional factors which can improve efficiency and utilization of feed for
cattle, sheep, and swine operations.
My teaching interests are helping students learn animal
sciences through informative and thought provoking lectures, and hands – on
labs and applications of lecture material to real-world applications. I strive
to give students an overall view of the subject matter, not only as it relates
to their hometown and home state, but also nationally and with some respect internationally.
I also strive to help them be able to critically evaluate problems to find a
solution similar to scenarios they may be faced with in their chosen area of
Dr. Flint Harrelson was born
and reared in East-Central New Mexico and grew up riding horses, showing
cattle and participating in FFA throughout high school. He attended West Texas
A & M University where he studied animal science, and worked for more than 2 years
at the Cattlemen’s Carcass Data Service collecting carcass data at multiple
beef harvest plants throughout the U.S. Following graduation from WTAMU, he moved
to Lincoln, Neb. to work on his master’s degree in feedlot cattle nutrition. His
research was focused on corn hybrid differences in digestibility and performance
when fed to finishing cattle. He completed his education by earning his Ph.D at New Mexico State
University, where his research focused on how maternal supplement strategy
affects calf health and performance throughout its lifetime. Dr. Harrelson has
been employed at MSU since August 2012 and has been
actively involved in animal production at the Derrickson Agricultural
Complex, animal science teaching, regional and state livestock shows and
judging contests, and various producer events. Harrelson serves as a co-advisor the MSU's Collegiate FFA chapter, is chair of the Department Farm Committee and is a member of the Department Scholarship Committee.
In his free time, he enjoys
spending time with his wife and their “kids” (2 dogs, a cat, and a horse), watching
movies and being outside.
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