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Joe Emenheiser

Extension Assistant Professor:
Livestock Specialist


(802) 223-2389 ext. 216

617 Comstock Road, Suite 5, Berlin, VT 05602-9194

Profile & Education

Joe was raised on a small family farm in Pennsylvania. His livestock experience includes managing sheep farms in New York, butchering, genetic evaluation, teaching and judging. His research has focused on using ultrasound for genetic improvement of lamb composition, and on evaluating pasture-based beef systems. Joe seeks to help Vermont's diversified livestock farms and industries improve their efficiency, product quality and marketing.

  • Ph.D. Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2013. Economic pasture-based beef systems for Appalachia
  • MS Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2009. Use of ultrasound technology in the genetic improvement of U.S. lamb composition
  • BS Animal Science (Honors Degree), Oklahoma State, 2004. Livestock Merchandising option
  • Emenheiser, J. C., R. G. Tait, Jr., S. D. Shackelford, L. A. Kuehn, T. L. Wheeler, D. R. Notter and R. M. Lewis. 2014. Use of ultrasound scanning and body condition score to evaluate composition traits in mature beef cows. J. Anim. Sci. 92:3868-3877.
  • Emenheiser, J. C., B. F. Tracy, A. E. Tanner, D. Fiske, W. S. Swecker, Jr., W. M. Clapham and R. M. Lewis. 2013. Days of rest impacts forage mass and quality in a rotational stocking system. J. Anim. Sci. 91(E-Suppl. 2):664.
  • Emenheiser, J. C., S. P. Greiner, R. M. Lewis, and D. R. Notter. 2010. Longitudinal changes in ultrasonic measurements of body composition during growth in Suffolk ram lambs and evaluation of alternative adjustment strategies for ultrasonic scan data. J. Anim. Sci. 88:1341-1348.
  • Emenheiser, J. C., S. P. Greiner, R. M. Lewis, and D. R. Notter. 2010. Validation of live animal ultrasound measurements of body composition in market lambs. J. Anim. Sci. 88:2932-2939.
  • American Society of Animal Science

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