Meet the Faculty
Bruce Shanks, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Animal Science
820 Chestnut Street
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
Phone: (573) 681-5382
Ph.D., Animal Science/Meat Science, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota
M.S., Animal Science/Animal Breeding, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
B.S., Animal Science, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri
Dr. Bruce Shanks teaches various animal science courses here at L.U. and serves as an advisor to the L.U. Ag Club. He serves on several boards and committees including the Missouri Forage and Grasslands Council, Missouri Farm Bureau Sheep and Goat Advisory Committee, Mid-Missouri Grazing Committee, Maries County Farm Bureau, Osage County Extension, Maries RII FFA Advisory, Belle Fair Livestock Board, South Poll Grass Cattle Association, and others. He is also affiliated with the American Society of Animal Science and North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. Dr. Shanks and his family raise both registered South Poll cattle and Katahdin hair sheep on a managed-intensive grazing system on their 300 acre farm and 8 rented farms in Belle, Missouri. Their operations focus on a sustainable, cost-sensitive, grass based approach to livestock production.
- Low-input livestock production
- Multi-species grazing
Current research projects:
Selection for Parasite Resistance in Kiko/Boer Goats
Backes, E. A., J. D. Caldwell, B. C. Shanks, K. R. Ness, A. N. V. Stewart, L. S. Wilbers, C. A. Clifford-Rathert, A. K. Busalacki, H. A. Swartz, D. L. Kreider, and M. L. Looper. 2014. Performance by yearling Katahdin ewes grazing toxic tall fescue using either continuous or rotational grazing schemes in late spring through summer. Sheep and Goat Res. J. 29:11-16.
Basinger, K. L., C. L. Thomas, B. C. Shanks, J. D. Caldwell, J. K. Apple, S. Ahuja, E. A. Backes, and J. J.Hollenbeck. 2014. Consumer Evaluation and Shear Force of Retail Domestic Grain-Finished, Imported New Zealand Grass-Finished, and Missouri-Produced Grass-Finished Lamb Racks. Sheep and Goat Res. J. 29:24-27.
Backes, E. A., J. D. Caldwell, B. C. Shanks, K. R. Ness, A. N. V. Stewart, D. L. Kreider, and M. L. Looper. 2014. Performance and behavior by spring-born Katahdin lambs weaned using traditional or fenceline weaning methods in the morning or evening. Sheep and Goat Res. J. 30:13-17.
Littlejohn, M. D., K. M. Henty, K. Tiplady, T. Johnson, C. Harland, T. Lopdell, R. G. Sherlock, W. Li, S. D. Lukefahr, B. C. Shanks, D. J. Garrick, R. G. Snell, R. J. Spelman, and S. R. Davis. 2014. Functionally reciprocal mutations of the prolactin signaling pathway define hairy and slick cattle. Nature Communications. doi: 10.1038/ncomm6861
Backes, E. A., B. C. Shanks, J. D. Caldwell, A. L. Bax, T. Wuliji, K. R. Wansing, and J. K. Clark. 2015. Effects of fenceline or traditional weaning methods in drylot on performance and behavior by Katahdin crossbred lambs. Sheep and Goat Res. J. (Accepted).
Ikem, A., B. Shanks, J. Caldwell, J. Garth, and S. Ahuja. 2015. Estimating the daily intake of essential and nonessential elements from lamb m. longissimus thoracis et lumborum consumed by the population in Missouri (United States). J. of Food Comp. and Anal. 40:126-135