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Susan D Eicher

Animal Sciences 

  • Research Physiologist (Animals), USDA-ARS Livestock Behavior Research Unit
POUL Room 219A
125 S. Russell St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2042

Area of Expertise: Immunology, Behavior and Well-Being

Education: B.S. and M.S.E., University of Kansas; M.S. and Ph.D., Kansas State University
Post-doctoral Training: Kansas State University; United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service - Livestock Behavior Research Unit

Research Program

Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science

Awards & Honors

(2006) Certificate of Merit. USDA-ARS.

(2005) Certificate of Merit. USDA-ARS.

(2004) Certificate of Merit. USDA-ARS.

(2003) Certificat of Merit. USDA-ARS.


Eicher, S. D. Animal feed composition and methods using the same. U.S. Patent No. 6939864. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Selected Publications

Eicher, S. (2006). Age at Transport Effects on Behavioral Responses in Dairy Calves to Novel Stimuli.

Eicher, S. (2006). Animal Well-being and Dairy Production.

Eicher, S., Scott, K., Kunkle, W., & Arthington, J. (2006). Commingling and transport influenceon behavior of small groups of calves. Livestock Production Science.

Eicher, S. (2006). Effects of lairage during transport o innate immune functionof swine.

Eicher, S. (in press). Effects of prepartum milking on postpartum reproduction, udder health and production performance in first-calf dairy heifers. Journal of Dairy Science.

Harris, M., Pajor, E., Sorrells, A., & Eicher, S. (2006). Effects of stall or small group gestation housing on production, health and behavior of gilts. J. Anim. Sci, 102, 171-179.

Eicher, S. (2006). Mucosal immune response to a prolonged stressor in pigs.

Sorrells, A., Eicher, S., Scott, K., Harriss, M., Pajor, E., & Lay,, D. (2006). Post-natal behavioral and physiological responses of piglets from sows housed individually or in groups during gestation. Journal of Animal Science, 84, 757-766.

Eicher, S., Sorrells, A., & Cheng,, H. (in press). Short Communication: Behavioral and physiological indicators of sensitivity or chronic pain following tail-docking in dairy cattle. J. Dairy Sci.

Eicher, S., McKee, C., Eicher,, S., & Carroll, J. (in press). Supplemental vitamin C and yeast cell-wall beta-glucan as growth promotants and immunomodulators during an endotoxin challenge in weanling pigs. Journal of Animal Science.