Michael L. Westendorf

Michael L. Westendorf.

Extension Specialist I
Bartlett Hall 213F
Phone: 848-932-9408
Email: michael.westendorf@rutgers.edu



Extension Programs

As an Animal Sciences Extension Specialist of Rutgers, the Land Grant university of New Jersey (NJ), I conduct research related to animal agriculture and create outreach and Extension programs that serve the needs of the state?s farmers ? both livestock and equine. Maintaining economic and environmental sustainability in a densely populated state poses challenges for farmers. To address these challenges, I have developed technical support programs and conducted applied research in the areas of animal waste management, food waste and by-product utilization, and optimization of animal growth. My work has been done in collaboration with Rutgers Cooperative Extension faculty and staff as well as colleagues in the State departments of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the NJ Farm Bureau.

I have written, prepared, and presented educational materials, both electronic and audiovisual, to NJ farmers and national audiences about animal waste and nutrient management, feeding by-products or food wastes to animals, the well-being of farm animals, and biosecurity. The value of my research and scholarship programs is evidenced by external support, publications, and recognition at regional and national scientific meetings.

Teaching

Although our undergraduate Animal Science majors come from primarily urban areas, there is a renewed interest in production agriculture among students. I spearheaded recent changes in our curriculum that allow us to better teach our production students and promote the skills necessary for them to pursue a variety of production or related agriculture careers. Currently I teach Production Animal Management (11:067:336)and Farm Productivity Analysis (11:067:406), the core courses of the Production Animal Science option of our Animal Science major. In addition, I coordinate the Dairy Cattle Artificial Insemination (11:067:322) course and present several lectures in the introductory Animal Science (11:067:142) course and Animal Evaluation and Selection (11:067:260).

Specific Projects

Current projects:
Animal Waste Management on Small Farms
The use of processed food waste as animal feed.
On-farm composting project on horse farms.

Experience

Title Location Year
Associate Professor Associate Extension Specialist in Animal Sciences, Rutgers University 2001
Assistant Professor Assistant Extension Specialist in Animal Sciences, Rutgers University 1993
Congressional Science Fellow United States Congress, Washington, D.C. 1992

Education

Degree Location Year
Ph.D. Animal Science/Rumninant Nutrition, Univ. of Kentucky 1991
M.S. Animal Science/Rumninant Nutrition, Univ. of Kentucky 1988
B.S. Animal Science, University of Idaho 1980

National Committees

Livestock Poultry Environmental Learning Center

Professional Societies

American Society of Animal Science
American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists

Editorial Positions

Editorial Board, Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, 2002 - present
Editorial Board, Domestic Animal Endocrinology, 2002 - 2005
Editorial Board, Biology of Reproduction, 1999 - 2004

Courses

11:067:142 Animal Science Principles
11:067:322 Dairy Cattle Artificial Insemination
11:067:336 Production Animal Management
11:067:338 Production Animal Management Lab
11:067:406 Farm Productivity in the Animal Sciences

Representative Publications

Westendorf, M.L., L.B. Kenny, and C A.Williams. 2015. Protection of environmental resources through the implementation of optimum feed management practices on equine farms. Professional Animal Scientist. 31:296-301. (http://pas.fass.org/content/31/3/296.full.pdf+html)

Westendorf, M.L. and C. Williams. 2015. Effects of Excess Dietary Phosphorus on Fecal Phosphorus Excretion and Water Extractable Phosphorus in Horses. J. Equine Vet. Sci. 25:495-498. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0737080615000465)

Westendorf, M.L., J. E. Wohlt, C. J. Sniffen, and R. T. Ward. 2014. Nutrient Content of Brewers Grains Produced at a Commercial Brewery: Variation in Protein/Nitrogen, Fiber, Carbohydrate, Fat, and Minerals. Prof. Anim. Sci. 30:400-406. (http://pas.fass.org/content/30/4/400.full.pdf+html)

Westendorf, M. L., V. Puduri, C. Williams, T. Joshua, and R. Govindasamy. 2013. Dietary and Manure Management Practices on Equine Farms in Two New Jersey Watersheds. J. Equine Vet. Sci. 33:601-606. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0737080612007848)

Westendorf, M.L., C. Williams, A.O. Burk, N. Trottier, K. Martinson, P. D.Siciliano, A. M. Swinker, E. A. Greene, and R. Bott. June, 2012. Environmental Impacts of Equine Operations: A USDA Multi-State Project. J. Equine Vet. Sci . Volume 32(6): 324-326. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0737080611007386)

Komar, S., R. Miskewitz, M. Westendorf, and C. A. Williams. 2012. Effects of Bedding Type on Compost Quality of Equine Stall Waste. J. Anim. Sci. 90:1069-1075. (https://www.animalsciencepublications.org/publications/jas/pdfs/90/3/1069)

Westendorf, M.L., T. Joshua, S.J. Komar, C. Williams, and R. Govindasamy, 2010. Effectiveness of Cooperative Extension Manure Management Programs. J. Equine Vet. Sci. 30(6):322-325. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0737080610002108)

Westendorf, M.L., T. Joshua, S.J. Komar, C. Williams, and R. Govindasamy,. 2010.Manure Management Practices on New Jersey Equine Farms. Prof. Anim. Sci. 26:123-129. (http://pas.fass.org/content/26/1/123.full.pdf+html)

Lynn, B. A., J. E. Wohlt, P. A. Schoknecht, and M. L. Westendorf. 2009. Variation in Nutrient Content Microbrewers Grains and Effect on Performance and Carcass Composition When Fed Wet to Growing-Finishing Swine. Prof. Anim. Sci. 25:426-433. (http://pas.fass.org/content/25/4/426.full.pdf+html)

Romano, P.V., U. Krogmann, M.L. Westendorf, and P.F. Strom. 2006. Reduction of Fecal Streptococci and Strongyle Eggs and Release of Aspergillus fumigatus during Small-Scale Composting of Horse Manure Mixed with Wood Shavings. Comp. Sci. Uti. 14(2):132. (http://search.proquest.com/docview/214880975/fulltext/72E764DBB2364364PQ/9?accountid=13626)

Jones, J., J. E. Wohlt, and M. L. Westendorf. 2004. Case Study: Comparison of Swine Diets Containing a Food Waste Product made with Wheat Middlings and Corn or a Corn/Soybean Diet. Prof. Anim. Sci. 20:422-428. (http://pas.fass.org/content/20/5/422.full.pdf+html)

Westendorf, M. L. 2004. Case Study: Scientific Veal Production and Opposition Legislation in New Jersey. Prof. Anim. Sci. 20:358-364. (http://pas.fass.org/content/20/4/358.full.pdf+html)

Altizio, B. A., M. L. Westendorf, and P. A. Schoknecht. 2000. Comparison of a Corn/Soybean Diet Versus a Dried Recycled Food Waste Product in Swine. Prof. Anim. Sci. 16:254-260. (http://pas.fass.org/content/16/4/254.full.pdf+html)

Singer, J. W., J. R. Heckman, J. Ingerson-Mahar, and M. L. Westendorf. 2000. Hybrid and nitrogen source effect on European corn borer damage and yield. J. Sustain. Agric. 16(1):5-15.

Westendorf, M. L., T. Schuler, and E. W. Zirkle. 1999. Nutritional quality of recycled food plate waste in diets fed to swine. Prof. Anim. Sci. 15:106-111. (http://pas.fass.org/content/15/2/106.full.pdf+html)

Westendorf, M. L., Z. C. Dong, and P. A. Schoknecht. 1998. Recycled cafeteria waste as a feed source for swine: nutrient content, digestibility, growth and meat quality. J. Anim. Sci. 76:2976-2983. (https://www.animalsciencepublications.org/publications/jas/pdfs/76/12/2976)

Westendorf, M. L. and R. Gordon. 1998. Effect of increasing undegradable intake protein when sheep are fed diets low in protein. Prof. Anim. Sci. 14(1):16-21. (http://pas.fass.org/content/14/1/16.full.pdf+html)

Westendorf, M. L. and C. Miller. 1998. Public discussion forums for assisting dairy farmers. J. of Ext. October. Volume 36(5). On line Address: http://www.joe.org/joe/ 1998 October/iw2.html. (Electronic Publication)

Westendorf, M. L., E. W. Zirkle, and R. Gordon. 1996. A review: feeding food or table waste to livestock. Prof. Anim. Sci. 12(3):129-137.

Westendorf, M.L., R. G. Zimbelman, and C. E. Pray. 1995. Science and agriculture policy at Land-Grant Institutions. J. Anim. Sci. 73:1628-1638. (https://www.animalsciencepublications.org/publications/jas/pdfs/73/6/1628)

Rutgers University Factsheets and Bulletins

Westendorf, M. L. and M. Purcell 2015. Livestock Mortality and Butcher Waste Composting: Rutgers Recommended Practices. New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Rutgers University. http://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/fs1194/nj-livestock-drought-mgmt-plan.asp. Bulletin E347.

Westendorf, M., Ali, M., Dey, S., & Lee, D. 2013. New Jersey Livestock Drought Management Plan. New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Rutgers University. http://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/fs1194/nj-livestock-drought-mgmt-plan.asp. FS1194.

Westendorf, M. and J. Arogo-Ojego. 2013. Managing Manure on Horse Farms: Spreading and Off-Farm Disposal. Extension. New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Rutgers University. FS1193. http://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/fs1193/

Kelly, F. and M. Westendorf. 2013. Storing Manure on Small Horse and Livestock Farms. New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Rutgers University. FS1192. http://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/fs1192/

Westendorf, M. and Williams, C. 2013. Can animal feeding practices influence nutrient runoff? New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Rutgers University. http://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/fs1191/. FS1191.

Westendorf, M., & Williams, C. 2013. Managing Manure on Horse Farms: Exercise or Sacrifice Lots for Horses. New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Rutgers University. http://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/fs1190/managing-manure-on-horse-farms.asp. FS1190.

Westendorf, M. 2013. Why Do I Need a Farm Map? How to Prepare a Usable Map for Your Farm. New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Rutgers University. http://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/fs1189/why-do-i-need-a-farm-map.asp. FS1189.

Westendorf, M. L. 2013. (Rev.). New Jersey Livestock Farmer Survey: Is my farm environmentally friendly ? New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Rutgers University. http://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/fs1047/. FS1047.

Westendorf, M. and Krogmann, U. 2013 (Rev.). Horses and Manure. New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Rutgers University. http://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/fs036/horses-and-manure.asp. FS036.

Westendorf, M. and Krogmann, U. 2013 (Rev.). Horse Manure Management: Bedding Use. New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Rutgers University. http://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/fs537/horse-manure-mgmt-bedding-use.asp. FS537.

Westendorf, M. and Williams, C. 2013 (Rev.). Nutrient Management on Livestock Farms: Tips for Feeding. New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Rutgers University. http://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/fs1064/tips-for-feeding.asp. FS1064.

Komar, S. K. and M. L. Westendorf. 2009. Calibrating Manure Spreaders Using the Tarp Method. New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Rutgers University. Factsheet. Series. FS1103. http://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/publication.asp?pid=FS1103

Westendorf, M. L. and C. A. Williams. 2007. Nutrient Management on Livestock Farms: Tips for Feeding. New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Rutgers University. Factsheet. Series. FS1064.

Westendorf, M. L. 2006. New Jersey Livestock Farmer Survey: Is my farm environmentally friendly New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Rutgers University. Factsheet Series. FS1047.

Westendorf, M. L. and U. Krogmann. 2006. Horse Manure Management: Bedding Use. New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Rutgers University. Factsheet Series. FS537.

Krogmann, U., M. L. Westendorf, and B. F. Rogers. 2006. Best Management Practices for Horse Manure Composting on Small Farms. New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Rutgers University. Bulletin Series. E307.

Foulk, D. L., R. C. Mickel, E. A. Chamberlain, M. Margentino, and M. Westendorf. 2004. Agricultural Management Practices for Commercial Equine Operations. New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Rutgers University. Bulletin Series. E296.

Westendorf, M. L. and D. Lee. 2004. Feeding Nitrate Containing Forages. New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Rutgers University. Bulletin Series. E291.

Westendorf, M. L. and R. O. Myer. 2004. Feeding Food Wastes to Swine. IFAS Extension. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. University of Florida. Original publication date May 17, 2004. See EDIS Web Site athttp://edis.ifas.ufl.edu. AS 143.

Westendorf, M. L. and R. O. Myer. 2003. Feeding Food Wastes to Swine. New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Rutgers University. Factsheet Series. FS016.