Melissa Sacher

Student NameMelissa Sacher
Faculty Mentor NameGeoffrey Dahl
CollegeCollege of Agricultural and Life Sciences
MajorAnimal Biology
Research Interests1. Dairy Cattle
Academic Awards1. Meldon Scholar Athlete Award
2. Dunkin’ Florida Scholarship
3. Florida Academic Scholars Award
4. University Scholars Program 2020
Organizations1. UF Dairy Science Club
2. UF Minority Pre-Veterinary Club
3. UF Hillel
Hobbies and Interests1. Recreational Running
2. Yoga
3. Traveling
4. The Great Outdoors (Hiking, Kayaking, Camping, etc.)

Research Project

Effect of Prenatal Heat Stress Abatement on Dairy Calves’ Postnatal Health, Physiology, and Performance?

This project evaluates how diverse environments affect pregnant Holstein dairy cows during Florida summer weather. A total of 40 calves will be born to 40 cows affected by heat stress or cool weather. From birth to eight weeks, we will be monitoring the immunoglobulin levels in the blood. This will commence at birth and continue each week thereafter. We will also be monitoring the average daily gain, health scores, and active behaviors such as lying, standing, and socializing. Overall, the purpose of this project is to analyze the benefits of cooling Holstein dairy cows to improve health, production, and welfare later in life.