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Maureen Valentine

Maureen is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in the department of Animal Science who is continuing as a TCI scholar after completing her Masters degree with the program. During her Masters, Maureen’s research focused on goat nutrition and feeding practices in the Udaipur District of Rajasthan, a part of India where goat farming is a vital source of income for many families. For her Ph.D, she plans to focus on the widespread deficit of biomass for animal consumption in India. Dairy products are a critical source of income for small farmers and high quality nutrition for the Indian population. Animal nutrition is a major limiting factor for dairy production, and if improvements could be sustained for better-quality feeding of dairy animals, livelihoods and human nutrition could be improved. Maureen plans to work with women’s dairy cooperatives to research how livestock feeding and nutrition could be improved.