Dr. Philipe Moriel
Assistant Professor - Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management
Research Focus (60%)
Specific research areas:
- Evaluate the impact of nutrition of cows and heifers during gestation (Fetal-programming) and calf nutrition during early stages of pre-weaning phase (Metabolic Imprinting) on offspring metabolism and long-term consequences to offspring health, growth and immunity.
- Evaluate the impact of heat stress during gestation, and identify nutritional and management approaches to overcome these potential negative effects.
- Strategic supplementation during pre- and post-breeding periods to optimize pregnancy rates and calving distribution of beef cows and replacement beef heifers.
- Identify cost-effective, post-weaning nutrition and management strategies to:
(1) Develop replacement beef heifers;
(2) Alleviate calf stress, increase calf immunity, response to vaccination and value at sale.
Extension Focus (40%)
Develop multi-disciplinary, statewide, producer-driven extension programs to increase cow-calf profitability in tropical and subtropical environments. More specifically, my extension focus will consist of a variety of educational programs using information generated primarily at RCREC to increase health, growth and reproductive performance of grazing beef cattle.
- Implement multi-county, multi-state hands-on educational programs for beef cattle producers.
- Increase County Agent training to further improve the service to Florida beef cattle producers.
- Collaborate with extension specialists in Florida and other states to optimize grazing beef cattle production in U.S.