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Animal Sciences Department

Animal Sciences Department

Dr. Todd Thrift

Associate Professor — Cow - Calf Management
Beef Cattle Nutrition, and Stocker
Feedlot Management

Dr. Todd Thrift received his B.S at the University of Kentucky in Animal Science, an M.S. at Oklahoma State University in Ruminant Nutrition, and a Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in Physiology of Reproduction. Dr. Thrift has been with the University of Florida’s Department of Animal Science in a 70% teaching, 30% extension position in Beef Cattle Management. His teaching appointment has him teaching Cow - Calf Management, Beef Cattle Nutrition, and Stocker - Feedlot Management. His extension appointment has him focusing as a Beef Quality Assurance Coordinator and with the National Animal I.D. Prior to coming to the University of Florida; Dr. Thrift worked for Texas A&M University, as a beef cattle specialist for five years.


  • Teaching

    Area of Speciality; Beef - cow Management

    Dr. Todd Thrift teaches a number of courses targeting beef - cow management, management practicum, stocker and feedlot, animal nutrition and introduces students to animal sciences with Introductory to Animal Sciences.

    Courses Taught

    • ANS 3404C – Food Animal Nutrition & Feeding, Spring 3cr
    • ANS 3006C – Introduction to Animal Science, Summer C 4cr
    • ANS 4245C – Beef Background & Feedlot Management, Spring 2cr
    • ANS 3246 – Beef Production Practicum, Fall 2cr, Spring 2cr
    • ANS 4243C – Beef Cow-Calf Management, Fall 3cr
  • Extension

    Area of Speciality: Cow - calf Management in Florida

    Dr. Thrift's extension responsibilities focus on applied cow - calf management in Florida.  Specific areas of work involve, beef quality assurance, beef cattle breeding, nutrition, and reproduction, and utilization of Bos indicus genetics.



PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611

Physical Address:
2250 Shealy Dr.
Room 210C-B, 459
Gainesville, FL 32611

  • Education


    • 1997 Ph.D., Texas A&M University, Physiology of Reproduction
    • 1994 M.S., Oklahoma State University, Ruminant Nutrition
    • 1991 B.S.A., University of Kentucky, Animal Science
  • Publications
    • TBA - Publications (Google Scholar)
  • Professional Service and Awards

    Honors and Awards

    • TBA