James C. MacDonald

Photo James MacDonaldAssociate Professor - Ruminant Nutrition

C220i Animal Sciences
P.O. Box 830908
Lincoln, NE 68583-0908
Phone 402-472-6780
Fax 402-472-6362
Email: jmacdonald2@unl.edu

UNL Feedyard Management Internship

Ruminant Nutrition Lab

Expertise: Beef cattle nutrition and beef cattle production systems

Experience:

  • Associate Professor of Animal Science, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, August 2012 to present
  • Associate Professor of Animal Nutrition, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, September 2011 to July 2012
  • Assistant Professor of Animal Nutrition, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, April 2006 to August 2011

Education:

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2006
  • Master of Science, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, 2002
  • Bachelor of Science, North Dakota State University, 1999

Professional Activities:

  • American Society of Animal Science
  • American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists
  • Plains Nutrition Council

Achievements and Service:

  • Texas A&M University Adjunct Faculty Member, 2012-present
  • West Texas A&M University Adjunct Faculty Member, 2012-present
  • TX Beef Worker's Group Executive Committee, 2009-2011
  • Plains Nutrition Council Executive Committee, 2008-2012
  • Texas A&M University Graduate Faculty Member, 2007-2012
  • West Texas A&M University Graduate Faculty Member, 2006-2012
  • Texas Tech University Adjunct Professor, 2007-2012
  • Journal of Animal Science Editorial Board, member, 2007-2011
  • William G. Whitmore Memorial Travel Award, recipient, 2005
  • Holling Family Excellence in Teaching Award, recipient, 2004

Research Interests:

  • Beef Cattle Production Systems
  • Alternative Feeds
  • Forage Utilization
  • Cow/calf Production
  • Yearling Stocker Cattle Production
  • Feedlot Production
  • Integrated Beef Cattle - Cropping Systems

Courses:

  • ASCI 481: Beef Industry Scholars: Beef Summit: Identification of a major issue confronting the Nebraska beef industry. Organize a Nebraska summit meeting to discuss and bring the identified issue to resolution.
  • ASCI 485: Animal Systems Analysis: Senior capstone course for majors in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources with an interest in careers in livestock production units, the meat industry, or related agribusiness. The course includes: goal setting, information gathering, and application of problem solving methods in animal science and develops ability to analyze and solve problems in all segments of animal science by integration of information from all pertinent disciplines and sources.
  • ASCI 490: Feedlot Internship Program: Management internship in a beef feedlot. Organizational and financial structure of the beef feedlot and experience in making decisions related to: animal production, marketing, business management, and personnel management.
  • ASCI 421/821: Advanced Animal Nutrition: An advanced course dealing with the nutrition of domestic animals. In-depth coverage of nutrients, nutrient metabolism and nutrient requirements. Biochemical and physiological functions of nutrients in life processes.
  • ASCI 820: Feedlot Nutrition and Management: Nutritional requirements of and complete ration formulation for feedlot cattle. Management practices needed for successful feedlot operation.
  • ASCI 924: Forage Evaluation: Analytic procedures and research methods used in evaluating biochemical components and nutritive value of forages. An evaluation of the impact of forage quality on forage breeding and animal performance.

Publications (38 refereed journal articles; 12 symposia proceedings; 61 abstracts; 56 experiment station reports; 1 book chapter)
Selected publications 2010 - 2015

  • Watson, A. K., J. C. MacDonald, G. E. Erickson, P. J. Kononoff, and T. J. Klopfenstein. 2015. Optimizing the use of fibrous residues in beef and dairy diets. J. Anim. Sci. 93: doi:10.2527/jas2014-8780.
  • Wilken, M. F., J. C. MacDonald, G. E. Erickson, T. J. Klopfenstein, C. J. Schneider, K. M. Luebbe, and S. D. Kachman. 2015. Marketing strategy influences optimum marketing date of steers in relation to corn price and days on feed. The Professional Animal Scientist. 31:224-236.
    Peterson, S. J., B. L. Nuttelman, D. B. Burken, M. K. Luebbe, G. E. Erickson, and J. C. MacDonald. 2015. Use of a pelleted corn residue complete feed in receiving diets. The Professional Animal Scientist. 31:201-206.
  • Peterson, S. J., B. L. Nuttelman, C. J. Schneider, D. B. Burken, J. C. MacDonald, and G. E. Erickson. 2015. Optimum inclusion of alkaline-treated corn residue and distillers grains fed to calf-fed steers. The Professional Animal Scientist. 31:216-223.
  • Ponce, C. H., M. S. Brown, J. B. Osterstock, N. A. Cole, T. E. Lawrence, S. Soto-Navarro, J. MacDonald, B. D. Lambert, and C. Maxwell. 2014. Effects of wet corn distiller's grains with solubles on visceral organ mass, trace mineral status, and polioencephalomalacia biomarkers of individually-fed cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 92:4034-4046.
  • Hales, K. E., K. J. Kraich, R. G. Bondurant, B. E. Meyer, M. K. Luebbe, M. S. Brown, N. A. Cole, and J. C. MacDonald. 2013. Effects of crude glycerin on receiving performance and health status of beef steers and nutrient digestibility and rumen fermentation characteristics of growing steers. J. Anim. Sci. 91:4277-4289.
  • Hales, K. E., R. G. Bondurant, M. K. Luebbe, N. A. Cole, and J. C. MacDonald. 2013. Effects of crude glycerin in steam-flaked corn-based diets fed to growing feedlot cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 91:3875-3880.
  • Buckner, C. D., A. K. Watson, T. J. Klopfenstein, K. R. Rolfe, W. A. Griffin, M. J. Lamothe, J. C. MacDonald, W. H. Schacht, and P. Shroeder. 2013. Ruminally undegradable protein content and digestibility for forages using the mobile bag in-situ technique. J. Anim. Sci. 91:2812-2822.
  • Smith, D. R., C. H. Ponce, N. DiLorenzo, M. J. Quinn, M. L. May, J. C. MacDonald, M. K. Luebbe, R. G. Bondurant, and M. L. Galyean. 2013. Effects of dietary concentration of wet distillers grains on performance and health of newly received beef cattle, in vitro methane production and volatile fatty acid concentration, and in vitro dry matter disappearance. J. Anim. Sci. 91:2836-2845.
  • Buttrey, E. K., K. H. Jenkins, J. B. Lewis, S. B. Smith, R. K. Miller, T. E. Lawrence, F. T. McCollum III, P. J. Pinedo, N. A. Cole, and J. C. MacDonald. 2013. Effects of 35% corn wet distillers grains plus solubles in steam-flaked and dry-rolled corn-based diets on animal performance, carcass characteristics, beef fatty acid composition, and sensory attributes. J. Anim. Sci. 91:1850-1865.
  • Hales, K. E., N. A. Cole, and J. C. MacDonald. 2013. Effects of increasing concentrations of wet distillers grains with solubles in steam-flaked corn-based diets on energy metabolism, carbon-nitrogen balance, and methane emissions of cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 91:819-828.
  • Meyer, B. E., C. L. Bouma, and J. C. MacDonald. 2012. Case Study: Determination of protein digestibility of dried distillers grains containing 3 lipid concentrations using a mobile bag method. The Professional Animal Scientist. 28:678-681.
  • Buttrey, E. K., N. A. Cole, K. H. Jenkins, B. E. Clark, F. T. McCollum III, S. L. M. Preece, B. W. Auvermann, K. R. Heflin, and J. C. MacDonald. 2012. Effects of twenty percent corn wet distillers grains plus solubles in steam-flaked and dry-rolled corn-based finishing diets on heifer performance, carcass characteristics, and manure characteristics. J. Anim. Sci. 90:5086-5098.
  • Buttrey, E. K., M. K. Luebbe, R. G. Bondurant, and J. C. MacDonald. 2012. Case Study: Grain adaptation of yearling steers to steam-flaked corn-based diets using a complete starter feed. The Professional Animal Scientist. 28:482-488.
  • Hales, K. E., N. A. Cole, and J. C. MacDonald. 2012. Effects of corn processing method and dietary inclusion of wet distillers grains with solubles on energy metabolism, carbon-nitrogen balance, and methane emissions of cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 90:3174-3185.
  • Buttrey, E. K., F. T McCollum III, K. H. Jenkins, J. M. Patterson, B. E. Clark, M. K. Luebbe, T. E. Lawrence, and J. C. MacDonald. 2012. Use of dried distillers grains throughout a beef production system: Effects on stocker and finishing performance, carcass characteristics, and fatty acid profile of beef. J. Anim. Sci. 90:2381-2393.
  • Luebbe, M. K., J. M. Patterson, K. H. Jenkins, E. K. Buttrey, T. C. Davis, B. E. Clark, F. T McCollum III, N. A. Cole, and J. C. MacDonald. 2012. Wet distillers grains plus solubles concentration in steam-flaked corn-based diets: Effects on feedlot cattle performance, carcass characteristics, nutrient digestibility, and ruminal fermentation characteristics. J. Anim. Sci. 90:1589-1602.
  • MacDonald, J. C. and M. K. Luebbe. 2012. Case Study: Grain adaptation for feedlot cattle using high concentrations of wet corn gluten feed in steam-flaked corn-based diets. The Professional Animal Scientist 28:131-139.
  • Baumhardt, R. L., R. C. Schwartz, J. C. MacDonald, and J. A. Tolk. 2011. Tillage and cattle grazing effects on crop growth and grain yield of a dryland wheat-sorghum-fallow rotation. Agron. J. 103:914-922.
  • McCuistion, K. C., F. T. McCollum III, L. W. Greene, J. MacDonald, and B. Bean. 2011. Performance of stocker cattle grazing 2 sorghum-sudangrass hybrids under various stocking rates. The Professional Animal Scientist 27:92-100.
  • Osterstock, J. B., J. C. MacDonald, M. M. Boggess, and M. S. Brown. 2010. Technical Note: Analysis of ordinal outcomes from carcass data in beef cattle research. J. Anim. Sci. 88:3384-3389.
    Geisert, B. G., G. E. Erickson, T. J. Klopfenstein, C. N. Macken, M. K. Luebbe, and J. C. MacDonald. 2010. Phosphorus requirements and excretion of phosphorus for finishing beef cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 88:2393-2402.
  • Galyean, M. L., N. A. Cole, M. S. Brown, J. C. MacDonald, C. H. Ponce, and J. S. Schutz. 2012. Utilization of wet distillers grains in high-energy beef cattle diets based on processed grain. In H. P. S. Makkar, editor, Biofuel co-products as livestock feed - Opportunities and challenges. FAO. Rome, Italy. p. 61-76.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Animal Science Department