Shavone Taylor

Mentor: Dr. Adegbola Adesogan
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
 
"Luckily for me, while pondering about what I could see myself doing in years to come, one of my professors brought up the idea of doing research if veterinarian school "didn't work out." I began to think about the possibilities as well as the pros and cons of both directions and decided to try doing research through the honors program in my college. Now my passion is developing and I am eager to find out the opportunities to come."

Major

Animal Sciences

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology

Academic Awards

  • Lee and Lorraine McDowell Scholarship
  • American Society of Animal Science Undergraduate Scholar
  • Raymond B. Becker Scholarship
  • Dean's List
  • University Scholars Program 2015-2016

Organizations

  • University Gospel Choir
  • Block and Bridle
  • Chi Alpha

Volunteer

  • UF Small Animal Hospital
  • CALS Ambnassador
  • Florida Alternative Breaks

Hobbies and Interests

  • Hanging out with family, friends, and pets
  • Listening to music
  • Fishing
  • Camping/Hiking

Research Description

Using Plant Spices to Reduce Methane Production and to Increase Feed Efficiency in Dairy Cows
My research study focuses on finding alternatives to antibiotics (Monensin) in livestock diets. Public concerns about increasing resistance to antibiotics led to a ban on feeding antibiotics to cattle in Europe. Recently, Health Canada stated that feed labels of medically important antimicrobial additives should no longer contain claims related to growth promotion or production. The FDA recently asked feed and drug companies to voluntarily phase out using medically important antimicrobials for production purposes in food-producing animals. Monensin is not yet affected because the FDA is currently focusing on drugs with a human health concern, but it may be affected in the future. Therefore, it is important to develop alternative additives that will replace Monensin in its ability to decrease methane production but in addition increase the feed efficiency of dairy cows.