Daniel Schaefer

Daniel Schaefer, Ph.D.

DschaeferRm 256A Animal Science
Madison, WI 53706

Emphasis Group:
Animal Nutrition


Principal Research Interests

  • To evaluate factors that increase beef production in grazing systems;
  • To examine strategies for feedlot management that enhance animal production efficiency and food safety;
  • To modify the composition of Holstein steers for enhanced economic viability of the feedlot and meat processing sectors.

Representative Publications

Schaefer, D. M. 2005. Yield and quality of Holstein beef. In Managing and Marketing Quality Holstein Steers Conf., pp. 323-333. R. Tigner and J. Lehmkuhler, eds., Wis. Agri-Service Assoc., Madison, WI.

Schaefer, D. M. 2007. Quality of Holstein beef. Proc. Recip. Meat Conf., 7 pp. Brookings, SD.

Larraín, R. E., D. M. Schaefer, S. C. Arp, J. R. Claus, and J. D. Reed. 2009. Finishing steers with diets based on corn, high-tannin sorghum or a mix of both: feedlot performance, carcass characteristics and beef sensory attributes. J. Anim. Sci. 87:2089-2095.

Guo, W. S., D. M. Schaefer, X. X. Guo., L. P. Ren., and Q. X. Meng. 2009. Nitrate as a sole dietary nitrogen source to improve rumen microbial nitrogen synthesis and to inhibit methane production in vitro. Asian-Aust. J. Anim. Sci. 22:542-549.

Vogel, K. D., J. R. Claus, T. Grandin, G. R. Oetzel and D. M. Schaefer. 2011. Effect of water and feed withdrawal and health status on blood and serum components, body weight loss, and meat and carcass characteristics of Holstein slaughter cows. J. Anim. Sci. 89:538-548.

Lin, M., D. M. Schaefer, W. S. Guo, L. P. Ren and Q. X. Meng. 2011. Comparisons of in vitro nitrate reduction, methanogenesis, and fermentation acid profile among rumen bacterial, protozoal and fungal fractions. Asian-Aust. J. Anim. Sci. 24:471-478.

Lin, M., D. M. Schaefer, G. Q. Zhao and Q. X. Meng. 2013. Effects of nitrate adaptation by rumen inocula donors and substrate fiber proportion on in vitro nitrate disappearance, methanogenesis, and rumen fermentation acid. Animal 7:1099-1105.

Lin, M., W. Guo, Q. Meng, D. M. Stevenson, P. J. Weimer and D. M. Schaefer. 2013. Changes in rumen bacterial community composition in steers in response to dietary nitrate. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 97: 8719-8727. DOI 10.1007/s00253-013-5143-z

Shinners, K. J., G. C. Boettcher, D. M. Schaefer and A. M. Troutman. 2013. Cattle preference for hay from round bales with different wrap types. Prof. Anim. Sci. 29:665-670.

Schaefer, M. R., K. A. Albrecht and D. M. Schaefer. 2014. Stocker steer performance on tall fescue or meadow fescue alone or in binary mixture with white clover. Agron. J. 106:1-9.