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Dr. Neal Schrick 

Dr. Neal Schrick
Professor and
Department Head





Postdoc, West Virginia University, 1990-1994

Ph.D., Animal Science (Animal Physiology), Clemson University, 1990

M.S., Animal Science (Reproductive Physiology), Clemson University, 1988 

B.S., Animal Science, Oklahoma State University, 1985 

Appointment:  100% Administration across Extension, AgResearch and Herbert College of Agriculture missions of the Department

Professional Interest: Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology   

Photo Collage with Dr. Schrick 

My research focuses primarily on reproductive physiology and endocrinology with emphasis on environmental and management factors related to embryonic/fetal mortality with assisted reproductive technologies and deviations in estrous cyclicity. During the past years, my laboratory has organized and performed studies in six distinct areas associated with reduced reproductive efficiency. Current fields of interest include: 1) embryonic/fetal loss associated with elevated uterine prostaglandin F2α, 2) testicular development and manipulation in pre-pubertal bulls, 3) reduced reproductive performance associated with clinical and subclinical mastitis, 4) reproductive alterations observed in both bulls and cows grazing endophyte-infected fescue, 5) nutritional parameters affecting pregnancy rate, and 6) economical methods of estrus synchronization and timed insemination.    


Selected Publications:

  • Young, C. D.*, F. N. Schrick, K. Pohler, A. M. Saxton, F. DiCroce*, D. A. Roper*, J. B. Wilkerson, and J. L. Edwards.  2017.  Short communication: A reproductive tract scoring system to manage fertility in dairy cows.  Journal of Dairy Science, Volume 100, Issue 7, July 2017, Pages 5922-5927.

  • Klotz, J. L., G. E. Aiken, J. R. Bussard, A. P. Foote, D. L. Harmon, B. M. Goff, F. N. Schrick, and J. R. Strickland.  2016.  Vasoactivity and Vasoconstriction Changes in Cattle Related to Time off Toxic Endophyte-Infected Tall Fescue.  Toxins, Toxins 2016, 8(10), 271-290; doi:10.3390/toxins8100271.

  • Goff, B. M., G. E. Aiken, W. W. Witt, P. L. Burch, and F. N. Schrick.  2015.  Forage nutritive value and steer responses to grazing intensity and seed-head suppression of endophyte-free tall fescue in mixed pastures.  Professional Animal Scientist, 31:120-129.

  • Payton, R., F. N. Schrick, T. Wilson, R. L. Donnell, and J. L. Edwards.  2015.  Development of bovine somatic cell nuclear transfer clones constructed with maternal (autologous) oocyte cytoplasm (ooplasts).  International Journal of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, 3(1). Open Access ISSN:2320-3730.

  • Pratt, S. L., H. W. Stowe, B. Whitlock, L. Strickland, M. Miller, S. M. Calcatera, M. D. Dimmick, G. E. Aiken, F. N. Schrick, N. M. Long, S. K. Duckett, and J. G. Andrae.  2015.  Bulls grazing Kentucky 31 tall fescue exhibit impaired growth, semen quality, and decreased semen freezing potential.  Theriogenology, Volume 83, Issue 3, February 2015, Pages 408–414.

Book Chapters

  • Di Croce, F, AM Saxton, DE Casanova, JL Edwards, and FN Schrick.  2010.  Genetic Parameter Estimation for Embryo Transfer Traits.  Encyclopedia of Biotechnology in Agriculture and Food. 1st ed. Taylor and Francis, London. Pp. 216-219.

  • Edwards, J.L. and F.N. Schrick. 2014. Cloning by somatic cell nuclear transfer. Chapter 83 in Bovine Reproduction. Editor- Richard Hopper; publication by ISUP, Inc., dba John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (Submitted/Revised/In press). 

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