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Animal Sciences Department

Animal Sciences Department

Dr. Chad Carr

Professor —
State Extension Meat Specialist

Chad Carr grew up in Bethpage, TN, 30 miles north of Nashville on a diversified livestock operation which included purebred Hampshire hogs and commercial beef cattle production.  Chad received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Animal Science at Oklahoma State University and his Ph.D. in Animal Science at the University of Missouri, with both advanced degrees having specialization in the discipline of meat science.  Chad, his wife Cathy and daughter Ella live in Micanopy.


  • Research

    Research Summary

    Dr. Carr’s role as State Meat Extension Specialist includes developing and implementing extension education to ensure the safety and wholesomeness of muscle foods and to improve the production, utilization, value, and sustainability of muscle foods.  Additionally, he develops and administers  youth programming in meat-animal agriculture, to develop responsible and productive youth to secure the future of our industry.

    The primary goal of his research program is to produce well-trained graduate students who can go on to be leaders in our industry or academia.  His primary research interest is to take questions directly from industry professionals and apply them in a controlled research setting. The focus of Dr. Carr's research program has been to determine the impact of the utilization of low cost by-product feedstuffs on growth and carcass merit of red meat animals and determine antemortem/pre-harvest management strategies to improve red meat animal well-being and value

  • Teaching

    Dr. Carr's teaching role includes instructing ANS 2002 The Meat We Eat in the spring and fall semester, co-instructing ANS 3613L Live Animal and Carcass Evaluation in the spring semester, coordinating or instructing ANS 4615 Meat Selection and Grading in the fall semester, and coordinating ANS 4604C Live Animal Evaluation in the fall semester.  Teaching responsibilities also include coordinating both the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Team, the Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Team, the Intercollegiate Meat Animal Evaluation Team, and mentoring graduate students.  



PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611

2250 Shealy Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611

  • Education


    • May, 2006
      Ph.D., Animal Science-Emphasis Meat Science,
      University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
    • August, 2004
      M.S., Animal Science-Emphasis Meat Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
    • May, 2001
      B.S., Animal Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

    Academic Positions Since Final Degree:

    • 2007 - Present
      Assistant Professor , University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
    • 1993 - 1999
      Post-Doctoral Teaching Associate, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Publications
  • Professional Service and Awards

    Professional Memberships

    • American Society of Animal Science
    • Intercollegiate Meat Judging Coaches Association
    • American Meat Science Association
    • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
    • Gamma Sigma Delta
    • Florida Cattlemen’s Association