Person

Liz Eckelkamp

Assistant Professor | Animal Science

Specialization: Dairy systems management Facilities Precision Technology Dairy cow health

Overview

As an Extension Specialist, I provide research-based tools, technologies, and suggestions to maximize farm efficiency. As part of this goal, I provide continuing education training through county-based Extension Agents, producer groups, and on-farm. Most of my extension expertise focuses on facilities, precision dairy technologies, and animal health. I also work closely with producers to address current and emerging issues. Additionally, I conduct applied research to generate on-farm practices to improve a farm's efficiency. Currently, my research is focusing on consumer preference and willingness to purchase local products, indicators of success for TN dairy producers, and value-added dairy production.

I also coordinate and provide curricula for the Tennessee Master Dairy Producer Program certification classes with support from county-based Extension Agents and other dairy professionals. You can find more information on this program and our extension resources on our UT Dairy​ website.

Outreach Focus

I take a dairy systems approach with low-to-no-cost functional fixes including cleaning or repairing existing resources to maximize efficiency. I also focus on record-keeping, best management practices, and technology to improve farm efficiency.

Research Focus

Goal: generate realistic on-farm practices to improve dairy farm profitability and efficiency. Current research is focused on consumer preferences, dairy permanency in TN, and value-added production.

Teaching Focus

Applied dairy systems management. This focuses on providing students with real-world situations to evaluate and provide realistic solutions.

Research Questions
  • Farm management and infrastructure impacts on TN dairy farms

    Consumer perception of and willingness to purchase local dairy products

    Transition cow protocols and management impacts on farm profitability

    Precision technology as a tool for health, welfare, and management

Courses
Below are courses taught during the current or past three academic years. Consult Timetable for the most current listing of courses and instructor(s).

ANSC 515 - Special Topics
1 - 4 credit hours

Instructor-initiated course to be offered on topics of current interest.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 9 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate or permission of instructor.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

Other Instructors: Prado, Tulio M. | Mason, Katie | Strickland, Lew | Edwards, J. Lannett | Tabler, Tom | Ivey, Jennie | Myer, Phillip R

Picture of Liz Eckelkamp
244 Brehm Animal Science Building
2506 River Dr
Knoxville, TN 37996
Education and Training
  • Doctorate, Dairy Husbandry and Production, Univ of Kentucky Lexington*, 2017
Responsible Area(s)
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources

Liz Eckelkamp

Assistant Professor | Animal Science
Picture of Liz Eckelkamp image
244 Brehm Animal Science Building
2506 River Dr
Knoxville, TN 37996
Education and Training
  • Doctorate, Dairy Husbandry and Production, Univ of Kentucky Lexington*, 2017
Responsible Area(s)
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
Overview

As an Extension Specialist, I provide research-based tools, technologies, and suggestions to maximize farm efficiency. As part of this goal, I provide continuing education training through county-based Extension Agents, producer groups, and on-farm. Most of my extension expertise focuses on facilities, precision dairy technologies, and animal health. I also work closely with producers to address current and emerging issues. Additionally, I conduct applied research to generate on-farm practices to improve a farm's efficiency. Currently, my research is focusing on consumer preference and willingness to purchase local products, indicators of success for TN dairy producers, and value-added dairy production.

I also coordinate and provide curricula for the Tennessee Master Dairy Producer Program certification classes with support from county-based Extension Agents and other dairy professionals. You can find more information on this program and our extension resources on our UT Dairy​ website.

Outreach Focus

I take a dairy systems approach with low-to-no-cost functional fixes including cleaning or repairing existing resources to maximize efficiency. I also focus on record-keeping, best management practices, and technology to improve farm efficiency.

Research Focus

Goal: generate realistic on-farm practices to improve dairy farm profitability and efficiency. Current research is focused on consumer preferences, dairy permanency in TN, and value-added production.

Teaching Focus

Applied dairy systems management. This focuses on providing students with real-world situations to evaluate and provide realistic solutions.

Research Questions
  • Farm management and infrastructure impacts on TN dairy farms

    Consumer perception of and willingness to purchase local dairy products

    Transition cow protocols and management impacts on farm profitability

    Precision technology as a tool for health, welfare, and management

Courses
Below are courses taught during the current or past three academic years. Consult Timetable for the most current listing of courses and instructor(s).

ANSC 515 - Special Topics
1 - 4 credit hours

Instructor-initiated course to be offered on topics of current interest.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 9 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate or permission of instructor.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

Other Instructors: Prado, Tulio M. | Mason, Katie | Strickland, Lew | Edwards, J. Lannett | Tabler, Tom | Ivey, Jennie | Myer, Phillip R