Melissa Sacher

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

Research Project

Effect of Heat Stress During Late Gestation on Multiparous Holstein Cows and Offspring

This project explores how cooling impacts late gestation dairy cows and their calves on a commercial dairy farm in Florida. There will be two treatment groups of 41 cows. One group will have access to fans, soakers, and shade, while the other group will only have access to shade from the barn. During the duration of the trial, we will be measuring skin temperatures and respiratory rates twice a week. After calving, we will record the gestation length and birth weight of the calves. Overall, the purpose of this project is to see how heat stress during late gestation affects dam health, performance, and offspring development.