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Defoor Joins Clayton Livestock Research Center

CLAYTON - New Mexico State University's Clayton Livestock Research Center has a new superintendent. Paul Defoor, 28, who will also serve as an assistant professor in NMSU's Department of Animal and Range Sciences, took the new post on March 18.

"My primary focus will be on nutrition, health and management of stressed calves," he said. "We'll also be looking closely at feed intake research on finishing cattle." Prior to taking his new position, Defoor worked as a feedyard nutrition consultant with Nutrition Service Associates in Pratt, Kan.

Scientists at the Clayton center, located in far northeastern New Mexico, conduct research on shipping protocols for cattle, evaluating the health and performance of newly received cattle and studying nutrition and management from feedlot to slaughter.

Other research involves irrigated pastures and native grasslands, including grazing and stocking densities on locoweed-infested pastures.

A native of Willis, Texas, Defoor is a member of the American Society of Animal
Science. He received a bachelor's degree in animal science from Texas Tech University, a master's degree in animal science from West Texas A&M University and a doctorate in ruminant nutrition from Texas Tech. At Texas Tech Defoor studied under Mike Galyean, a past superintendent of NMSU's Clayton Livestock Research Center.

Defoor lives in Clayton with his wife, Misti.

Contact: Paul Defoor, (505) 374-2566, pdefoor@nmsu.edu