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Heidi A Rossow- PhD
Assistant Professor
Population Health & Reproduction


Research Focus

Systems approach to explore interactions between nutrition, metabolism and disease and their effects on beef and dairy production

Specialty Focus

Feeding to optimize milk production and nutrient use;

Feed and manure management at the cow and pen levels to assess nutrient balance for a dairy;

Computer modeling of nutrient metabolism for large and food animal species


1997 PhD Nutrition and Metabolism, UC Davis, Davis, CA
2000 PostDoc Computer modeling of Nutrition, UC Davis,

Honors and Awards

2000-2002 UIIP Instructional Improvement Grant
2000 Phi Sigma Honor Society
1998 Kleiber Award for Dissertation
1994-1997 Lyons Fellowship Award


Certified in Feed Management (NRCS)
Ultrasound for carcass traits

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Jaguar Animal Health Clinical Calf Trial , (Principal Investigator), Private-Jaguar Animal Health

Principal Investigator, Feed Industry Internship With a Focus on Dairy Feeding Systems, (Principal Investigator), California Dairy Research Foundation

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2014 Blanc CD, Van der List M, Aly SS, Rossow HA, Silva-del-Rio N Blood calcium dynamics after prophylactic treatment of subclinical hypocalcemia with oral or intravenous calcium J Dairy Sci,
  • Link Icon 2014 Rossow HA, Calvert CC Computer modeling of obesity links theoretical energetic measures with experimental measures of fuel use for lean and obese men J Nutr,
  • Link Icon 2014 Rossow HA, DeGroff D, Parsons M Performance of dairy cows administered probiotic (ProDairyTR) in water troughs Prof Anim Sci,
  • Link Icon 2014 Aly SS, Rossow HA, Acetoze G, Lehenbauer TW, Payne M, Meyer D, Maas J, Hoar B Survey of beef quality assurance an California dairies. J Dairy Sci,
  • Link Icon 2014 Acetoze G, Rossow HA Fatty acid composition of backfat, intermuscular, KPH and tail fat of Angus Cross Steers finished on grass or high grain diets. J Food Res,
  • Link Icon 2013 Rossow HA, Aly SS Variation in nutrients formulated and nutrients supplied on 5 California dairies. J Dairy Sci,
  • Link Icon 2013 Glover AD, Puschner B, Rossow HA, Lehenbauer TW, Champagne JD, Blanchard PC, Aly SS A double-blind block randomized clinical trial on the effect of zinc as a treatment for diarrhea in neonatal Holstein calves under natural challenge conditions. Prev Vet Med,
  • Link Icon 2013 Cruz GD, Acetoze G, Rossow HA Carcass characteristics of Angus Steers finished on a grass or grain diet at similar quality grades Prof Anim Sci,
  • Link Icon 2012 Cruz GD, Strathe AB, Rossow HA, Fadel JG Characterizing bovine adipocyte distribution and its relationship with carcass and meat characteristics using a finite mixture model J Anim Sci,
  • Link Icon 2011 Meyer D, Price PL, Rossow HA, Silva-del-Rio N, Karle BM, Robinson PH, DePeters EJ, Fadel JG Survey of dairy housing and manure management practices in California J Dairy Sci,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2005 Johnson HA, Baldwin RL, Famula TR: Lactation: statistical and genetic aspects of simulating lactation data from individual cows using a dynamic, mechanistic model of dairy cow metabolism, Molly, , Quantitative Aspects of Ruminant Digestion and Metabolism, Cambridge, MA. 551-82.

2003 Baldwin RL, Calvert CC, Robinson PH, Johnson HA: Modelling amino acid metabolism in ruminants, D'Mello JPF, (ed), Amino Acids in Animal Nutrition, 2nd Edition, Cambridge, MA. 291-308.

2000 Johnson HA, Baldwin RL, Calvert CC: A rodent model of protein turnover to determine protein synthesis rates and amino acid source in tissues, MacNamara JP, France J, Beever DE, (ed), Modeling Nutrient Utilization in Farm Animals.. 303-15.