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Dr. Elizabeth Eckelkamp
Dairy Extension Specialist Assistant Professor 



2506 River Drive
244 Brehm Animal Science Building
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
Phone: (865) 974-8167
Fax: (865) 974-7297


Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Animal & Food Science, 2017

M.S., University of Kentucky, Animal & Food Science, 2013

B.S., Louisiana State University, Animal Science, 2012

Appointment:  100% Extenison


Professional Interest

Dr. Eckelkamp grew up in the South, from Texas to New Mexico and Louisiana.  She began her dairy career as a freshman at Louisiana State University working at the university dairy feeding calves, milking cows, and participating in research projects.  Participating in research at LSU led her to pursue at M.S. degree at the University of Kentucky. Throughout her M.S. and Ph.D. she focused on applied research with dairy farmers throughout the state.  She studied the effects of freestall and compost bedded back barn housing on dairy cattle health and milk quality.  From there she transitioned into her Ph.D. focusing on how farmers incorporated precision dairy technologies for health detection into their operations.  Her M.S. and Ph.D. allowed her to work closely with dairy farmers and extension personnel.  From her studies and experiences with farmers, she has learned to take a whole systems approach when dealing with dairy questions or pursuing research interests.  Specifically, she focuses on providing applied research for farmers to improve their operations.


Selected Publications

  • Bewley, J. M., L. M. Robertson, and E. A. Eckelkamp. "A 100-Year Review: Lactating dairy cattle housing management." J. Dairy Sci. 100.12 (2017): 10418-10431.

  • Eckelkamp, E. A., J. L. Taraba, K. A. Akers, R. J. Harmon, and J. M. Bewley. 2016. Sand bedded freestall and compost bedded pack effects on cow hygiene, locomotion, and mastitis indicators. Livest. Sci. 190:48-57. 

  • Eckelkamp, E. A., J. L. Taraba, K. A. Akers, R. J. Harmon, and J. M. Bewley. 2016. Understanding compost bedded pack barns: Interactions among environmental factors, bedding characteristics, and udder health. Livest. Sci. 190:35-42. 

  • Eckelkamp, E. A., C. N. Gravatte, C. O. Coombs, and J. M. Bewley. 2014. Case study: Characterization of lying behavior in dairy cows transitioning from a freestall barn with pasture access to a compost bedded pack barn without pasture access. Prof. Anim. Sci. 30(1):109-113.