Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center
7887 U.S. Highway 87 North
San Angelo, TX 76901
Academic Affiliation: Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University
Dr. Whitney is an Associate Professor, Ruminant Nutritionist, and project leader for the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Nutrition Laboratory, San Angelo, and for the AgriLife Wood to Feed Program. He is a faculty member of the animal nutrition section in the Department of Animal Science, and also adjunct faculty for Angelo State University (San Angelo), New Mexico State University (Las Cruces), Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and Tarleton State University (Stephenville).
He received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Southwest Texas State University, a master’s degree in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M University, and a doctorate degree in Animal Science (Beef Cattle Nutrition) from the University of Arizona. After receiving his Master’s degree, he taught Animal Science classes at Palo Alto College (San Antonio) and did postdoctoral research at Montana State University (Bozeman) prior to his appointment in San Angelo.
He is happily married to his wife, Valarie, and they have two wonderful boys, Lane and Lance.
This interdisciplinary research program is directed toward helping livestock producers make informed management decisions related to feeding livestock. The primary objective is to reduce costs associated with feeding livestock by: 1) increasing livestock production efficiency; 2) increasing the value of underutilized feed sources such as dried distillers grains and ground juniper trees; and 3) using plant secondary compounds to enhance ruminal function, bypass protein, and animal health, and reduce internal parasite viability. Secondary objectives are to enhance animal fiber, carcass, and meat characteristics.
Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course
College Station, TX · August 7-9, 2017
Texas Sheep & Goat Raisers Association 102nd Annual Convention
Kerrville, TX · July 20-22, 2017
Texas Cattle Feeders Association 50th Annual Convention
Amarillo, TX · October 8-10, 2017