University of Florida

Dr. Matt Hersom

Associate Professor, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist


Doctor of Philosophy, Animal Nutrition:  December 2002
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Master of Science, Animal Nutrition:  December 1999
College of Agriculture, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Bachelor of Science, Animal Science:  May 1995
College of Agriculture, Iowa State University, Ames IA


University of Florida, Department of Animal Sciences
Associate Professor, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist
(July 2010 – Present)
Assistant Professor, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist (November 2003 – June 2010)
(60% Extension, 40% Research,)

Research areas address the needs of the Florida beef cattle industry.  Particular research emphasis includes development of strategic nutritional and supplementation programs to optimize beef cattle performance utilizing forage and roughage based diets, evaluation of calf production and growing practices to improve animal performance in integrated beef production systems, and determination of physiologic factors affecting nutrient utilization in beef cattle.  Extension areas address expanding education experiences in beef cattle nutrition, implementation of optimal supplementation strategies for Florida cow-calf production, increasing the understanding of the relationship of forage quality, cow nutrition and reproduction, development of increased weaned calf value to the producer, and Beef Quality Assurance.

Oklahoma State University, Department of Animal Science
Postdoctoral Research Assistant
November, 2002 – November, 2003

Professional Memberships

American Society of Animal Science (since 1995)
American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (since 2000)
Florida Cattlemen’s Association (since 2004)
National Cattlemen’s Association (since 2008)
Graduate Faculty, University of Florida/IFAS (since 2004)
Gamma Sigma Delta (since 2007)
Sigma Xi (since 2003)



Matt Hersom, Ph.D.

PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611

2250 Shealy Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611