This community contains the theses and dissertations of the South Dakota State University, Department of Animal Science. The Department of Animal Science offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Animal Science, or the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biological Sciences.
Due to copyright restrictions, the collection contains both open access and university access theses and dissertations. University access items are only available to SDSU users, and on-campus visitors. Non-SDSU users wishing to access restricted materials may request items through their institution’s interlibrary loan services.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Optimization of Forage Use in Diets Fed to Backgrounding and Finishing Cattle in The Northern Great Plains, Thomas G. Hamilton

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Trace Mineral Source and Inclusion Level on Wean-to-Finish Pig Production, Marissa LaRosae

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Defining Amino Acid Requirements of Pregnant Sows: Challenges and Opportunities, Christian D. Ramirez-Camba

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Evaluating the Effects of Medium Chain Fatty Acids on Sow Reproductive Characteristics, Offspring Biological Health Markers, and Growth Performance, Analicia J. Swanson

ETDS from 2021

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The Interactions of Change in Nutrition Prior to and After Artificial Insemination on Plasma Metabolites, Steroid Hormones, and Uterine Histotroph in Beef Heifers, Taylor N. Andrews

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Corn Grain Alternatives and Coated Versus Non-Coated Trenbolone Acetate and Estradiol Impants for Feedlot Finishing Animals: Influence on Growth Performance, Carcass Characteristics, Efficiency of Dietary Net Energy Utilization, Beef Production per Hectare and Digestiblilty, Elizabeth Buckhaus

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Evaluating Impacts of Tryptophan and Branched Chain Amino Acids in Swine Diets Containing Corn Based Dried Distillers Grains on the Growth Performance and Carcass Characteristics of Grow-Finish Pigs, David Alan Clizer

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The Influence of Carcass Weight on Beef Primal Temperature, Tenderness, and Palatability, Samantha Egolf

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Cortisol in Hair as a Measure of Chronic Stress during Sow Gestation and the Pattern of Cortisol in Blood during Parturition in Sows, Talia Everding

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Investigating the Development of Fecal Bacterial Communities in Growing Dairy Calves, Emily Fowler

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Characterization of the Rumen Bacterial Communities of Bison Heifers Fed a Grass-Based Diet vs a Grain-Based Free-Choice Diet, Anlly Miley Fresno Rueda

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Influence of Preharvest Management Strategies in Beef Cattle on Growth Performance, Carcass Characteristics, and Meat Quality, Erin Gubbels

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Impact of Carcass Chilling System on Carcass Characteristics and Biochemical Changes in Beef Carcasses, Lydia Margaret Hite

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Changes in Pregnancy - Associated Glycoproteins Associated with Fetal Age, Postpartum Interval and Evaluation of a Chute-side Lateral Flow Assay, Adalaide C. Kline

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The Effects of Weather, Body Weight, and Feed Intake on Total and Liquid Water Intake in Beef Cattle, Zachary McDaniel

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Search for New Fertility Markers in Bull Sperm, Saulo Menegatti Zoca

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Management and Dietary Strategies to Mitigate Environmental Stressors in Northern Plains Cattle Feeding Systems, Warren Carl Rusche

ETDS from 2020

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Impact of Postweaning Management Strategies on Beef Carcass Characteristics and Meat Quality, Christina Elaine Bakker

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Identification and Genomic Characterization of Candidate Starch and Lactate Utilizing Bacteria from the Rumen of Beef Cattle, Venkata Bandarupalli

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Impact of Altering Lys : Energy Ratio During Gestation on Sow Productivity, Piglet Robustness, and Piglet Post-wean Growth Performance, Tiffany C. Bruhn

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Feeding Increasing Levels of Reduced-Oil Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles from Two Ethanol Fermentation Methods Impacts Finishing Pig Growth Performance and Belly Quality, Austin Egolf

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Global Gene Expression and DNA Methylation of the Hypothalamus in Feeder Calves Fed a High Concentrate Diet upon Entering Feedlot Phase, Jason E. Griffin

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Evaluating the Effects of Yeast Cell Wall Component, Phytochemical Oil, and Vitamin E on Sow Antioxidant Status and Growth Performance of Dam and Offspring, Lily P. Hernandez

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Characterization of Bison Finishing and Harvest Systems: Effects on Carcass and Meat Quality Characteristics, Jessica Janssen

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Optimization of Conditions for Heat Pretreatment and Enzymatic Predigestion of DDGS for Pigs, Kevin Jerez-Bogota

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Characterization and Effects of Systemic and Ovarian GnRH in Beef Cattle, Jerica J. J. Rich

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Partitioning Variation in Measurements of Beef Carcass Traits Made Using Ultrasound, Bradie M. Schmidt

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Bedding Application and Increasing Dosage of Trenbolone Acetate and Estradiol in Implants for Beef Steers: Influence on Growth Performance, Carcass Characteristics, and Circulating Metabolite Responses, Dathan T. Smerchek

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The Effect of Triptorelin on Ovulation Rate and Conception Rate in Gilts and the Endocrine Profile in Non-Pregnant and Early pregnant Gilts, Joseph Wollbrink

ETDS from 2019

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Integration of Molecular Techniques for the Investigation of Bovine Respiratory Disease, Amy Abrams

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Receiving and Backgrounding Phase Management: The Effects of Receiving Diet Roughage Source and Backgrounding Phase Rate of Gain on Performance of Feedlot Cattle, Ethan J. Blom

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Effects of Increasing Dietary Levels of Carinata Meal on Feeding Behavior, Performance and Carcass Characteristics of Beef Growing Steers, Alejandro C. Casella

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Optimization of Reproductive Success in Beef Cattle by Implementation of Estrus Resynchronization, Nutritional Management, and Evaluation of Disease Prevalance, Kaitlin M. Epperson

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Anabolic Hormone Exposure during Various Stages of Growth: Effects on Post-Weaning Performance, Frame Size, and Carcass Characteristics of Calf-Fed Steers, Wesley W. Gentry

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Optimization of Canola Co-Product Utilization in Swine, Jung Wook Lee

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Performance Differences between Two Groups of Commercial Pigs Following Experimental Infection with PRRS Virus 1-7-4, Erin Little

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The Influence of Preovulatory Estradiol on Uterine Transcriptomics and Proteomics Around Maternal Recognition of Pregnancy in Beef Cattle, Emmalee J. Northrop

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A Bioinfomatic Analysis of Luminal and Mucosal Ileal Bacteria Colonizing Nursery Pigs Fed Different Protein Sources, Jamie L. Ortman

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Effects of Commercial Feed Additives on the Gut Microbiota of Food Animals, Prakash Poudel

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Efficiency of Standardized ILEAL Digestible Lysine Utilization for Whole Body Protein Deposition in Pregnant Gilts and Sows during Early, Mid and Late Gestation, Christian Daniel Ramirez-Camba

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Impacts of Small Intestinal Enzyme Activity and Varying Corn Grain Processing Types on Feeding Behavior, and Growth Performance of Finishing Beef Steers, Wyatt Smith

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Effects of a Low Allergenic Soybean Variety on Gut Permeability, Digestibility and Growth Performance in Pigs, Katelyn M. Zeamer

ETDS from 2018

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Efficiency of Utilizing Standardized Ileal Digestible Lys and Thr for Whole Body protein Retention in Pregnant Gilts during Early, Mid and Late Gestation, Ron Aldwin Sapin Navales

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What is the Value of Corn Residue to Grazing Cattle?, Emily Ann Petzel

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Can Solvent-or Mechanically-Extracted Carinata Meal Be Used as an Effective Source of Supplemental Protein to Cows Fed Poor Quality Forages?, Emily Jacklyn Rosenthal

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Comparison of Retaining Replacement Heifers in a Straight-bred Angus System Versus Purchasing Crossbred Replacement Heifers to Be Bred to a Terminal Sire, Grady D. Ruble

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Evaluation of Berberine as an Alternative to Antibiotics in Nursery Pig Diets, Emily Scholtz

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Evaluation of Microbially-converted Soybean Meal as an Alternative to Fishmeal in Weaned Pig Diets, Sue Sinn

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Effects of Enzymatically Hydrolyzed Yeast Supplementation and Supplementation Frequency on Immune Parameters, Performance, and Digestibility among Periparturient Beef Cows and Calves, Janine Swartz

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Evaluation of an Essential Oil Blend and a Novel Soybean Variety as Alternatives to Preventative Antibiotic Use in Monogastrics, Samantha Tauer