Francis Fluharty Department Head Academic Animal & Dairy Science
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Dr. Francis L. Fluharty, head of the Animal and Dairy Science Department at the University of Georgia, came to UGA in May 2018. He was raised on a cow-calf and stocker operation in Eastern Ohio. He had a 35-year career at The Ohio State University prior to coming to UGA. He received his BS (1982), MS (1987), and PhD (1993) degrees from The Ohio State University. In 1982 he was hired as the manager of the OSU feedlot in Wooster, Ohio, and he completed his graduate degrees while being a full-time feedlot manager. After completing his PhD., he joined the faculty of the Animal Sciences Department, and from 1999 through 2018, he coordinated Extension, research, and educational activities affecting Ohio’s beef industry, obtaining over $7.3 million in grant funds from both private and public entities, and developed interdisciplinary teams comprised of departmental faculty, county extension educators, not for-profit organizations, and industry commodity group associations. He has facilitated multidisciplinary research and outreach education programs that link agriculture with consumers. He has worked with agriculturally-based companies, international economic development agencies, and universities in the areas of beef and sheep nutrition and management, economic development, and specified production practices for branded meat product lines in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America, giving 89 international invited talks as well as 71 invited talks in the United States. He has over 70 refereed journal publications, and has given hundreds of Extension talks during his career, which has spanned more than 36 years in the Land Grant System.

Dr. Fluharty has devoted his career to improving economic opportunities for farm and ranch families through improved management information. His invited talks cover all aspects of ruminant nutrition and management, as well as marketing branded meat products. His research focuses on ruminant nutrition with an emphasis on energy and protein utilization for growth, and the impacts of stress on animal growth and behavior. His primary Extension programming in Ohio was through the creation of both cow-calf and feedlot management schools.  These schools required producers to attend an eight-week course with 24 hours of instructional time. One of the main objectives of these schools was to provide for consistency of information to beef producers while offering advanced educational opportunities. Over the past 12 years, over 950 cattle producers have attended these cow-calf and feedlot management schools.

B.S., The Ohio State University
M.S., The Ohio State University
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Selected Recent Publications

1. McCutcheon, J.S., and F. L. Fluharty. 2019. Integration of sheep grazing in an organic crop production system to control weeds. Small Ruminant Research. (Accepted).
2. McCutcheon, J. S., H. N. Zerby, S. C. Loerch, and F. L. Fluharty. 2019. Comparison of four perennial forage finishing systems and a limit-fed corn-based finishing system on lamb growth and carcass characteristics. Small Ruminant Research. (Accepted).
3. Lourenco, J.M., F. Fluharty, and T. R. Callaway. 2019. A refreshed view of the rumen microbiome of beef cattle in light of next generation DNA sequencing. Arch. Anim. Poult. Sci. (Accepted 26 Nov.)
4. Jaborek, J. R., H. N. Zerby, S. J. Moeller, and F. L. Fluharty. 2018. Effect of energy source and level, and sex on growth, performance, and carcass characteristics of long-fed lambs. Small Ruminant Research. 167:61-69.
5. Jaborek, J. R., H. N. Zerby, S. J. Moeller, M. P. Wick, F. L. Fluharty, H. Garza III, L. G. Garcia, and E. M. England. 2018. Effect of energy source and level, and animal age and sex on meat characteristics of sheep. Small Ruminant Research. 166:53-60.
6. Campbell, B. N., A. N. Pullin, M. D. Pairis-Garcia, and F. L. Fluharty. 2017. The effects of alternative weaning strategies on lamb health and performance. Small Ruminant Research. 156:57-65.
7. Campbell, B. N., M. D. Pairis-Garcia, M. R. Campler, L. E. Moraes, J. S. McCutcheon, F. L. Fluharty. 2017. An investigation of oral moxidectin carryover to nursing lambs via milk. Small Ruminant Research. 154:9-12.
8. Fluharty, F. L., H. N. Zerby, G. D. Lowe, D. D. Clevenger, and A. E. Relling. 2017. Effects of feeding corn silage, pelleted, ensiled, or pelleted and ensiled alfalfa on growth and carcass characteristics of lamb. S. African J. Agricultural Research. 47:704-711.
9. Jaborek, J. R., H. N. Zerby, S. J. Moeller, and F. L. Fluharty. 2017. Effect of energy source and level, and sex on growth, performance, and carcass characteristics of lambs. Small Ruminant Research. 151:117-123.
10. Relling, Alejandro, Gary Lowe, Francis Fluharty. 2017. Effect of oscillating time of feeding and oscillating diet formulation on performance and carcass characteristics in feedlot steers. Prof. Anim. Sci. 33:160-165.
11. Pullin AN, Pairis-Garcia MD, Campbell BJ, Campler MR, Proudfoot KL, Fluharty FL. 2017. The effect of social dynamics and environment at time of early weaning on short- and long-term lamb behavior in a pasture and feedlot setting. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 197:32-39.
12. Jaborek, J. R., G. D. Lowe, and F. L. Fluharty. 2016. Effects of pen flooring type and bedding on lamb growth and carcass characteristics. Small Ruminant Research. 144: 28-34.
13. Esselburn, K. M., T. M. Hill, H. G. Bateman, F. L. Fluharty, S. J. Moeller, K. M. O'Diam, and K. M. Daniels. 2015. Examination of weekly mammary parenchymal area by ultrasound, mammary mass, and composition in Holstein heifers reared on 1 of 3 diets from birth to 2 months of age. J. Dairy Sci. 98: 5280-5293.
14. McCutcheon, J. S., L. W. Morton, H. N. Zerby, S. C. Loerch, L. Miller & F. L. Fluharty 2015. Ohio Livestock Producers’ Perceptions of Producing and Marketing Grass-Based Beef and Lamb, Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 39:4, 367-390. DOI:10.1080/21683565.2014.986598.


Segers, J., Tucker, J., Stewart, L., Fluharty, F., Jones, L., Hancock, D. 2018. Strategies for Poor Quality Forage Management in Georgia Cow Herds (TP-106) Nov. 7.


Fluharty, F. L. 2016. Introduction to Feeding Holstein Beef.