Ferraretto is an assistant professor and extension specialist in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences. His research and extension interests are applied ruminant nutrition and management.
Ferraretto’s project will use a gas chromatograph and mass spectrometer for analysis of compounds found in forages (lactate, short-chain fatty acids, volatile organic compounds), rumen fluid and gases (lactate, short-chain fatty acids, volatile organic compounds, methane), and blood/milk samples (long-chain fatty acids and isomers). This equipment will improve current research and extension efforts to study and understand rumen fermentation and health. Furthermore, it would allow for the establishment and consolidation of new research lines connecting forage quality, rumen fermentation, and environmental impact.