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Stephan Wildeus

Wildeus, Stephan, PhD

Small Ruminants


Phone: 804-524-6716
Fax: 804-524-5186


  • Post Doc (1985) - Texas A&M
  • Ph.D. (1983) - James Cook University, Australia (Reproductive Physiology)
  • B.S. (1978) - Montana State Universtiy (Animal Science)

Research Interest

  • Genetic resource preservation for small ruminants
  • Sustainable production systems for hair sheep and meat goats
  • Assisted reproductive technologies for small ruminants

Professional Society Memberships 

  • American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
  • American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists
  • American Society of Animal Science
  • International Goat Association
  • American College of Animal Physiology

Selected Publications

  • Blackburn, H.D., S.R. Paiva, S. Wildeus, W. Getz, D. Waldron, R. Stobart, D. Bixby, P.H. Purdy, C. Welsh, S. Spiller, and M. Brown.  2011.  Genetic structure and diversity among U.S. sheep breeds: Identification of major gene pools.  Journal of Animal Science 89:2336-2348.
  • Turner, K.E., S. Wildeus, and J.R. Collins.  2011.  Performance and nutrient utilization in purebred and Spanish and Boer x Spanish and Kikio x Spanish genetic types of goats offered alfalfa hay with corn supplementation.  Small Ruminant Research 96:144-148.
  • Ogejo, J.A., S. Wildeus, P. Knight, and R.B. Wilke.  2010.  Estimating goat and sheep manure production and their nutrient contribution in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  Applied Engineering in Agriculture 26:1061-1065.
  • Burke, J.M., F. Soli, J.E. Miller, T.H. Terrill, S. Wildeus, S.A. Shaik, W.R. Getz, and M. Vanguru.  2010.  Administraion of copper oxide wire particles in a capsule or feed for gastrointestinal nematode control in goats.  Veterinary Parasitology 168:346-350.
  • Wildeus, S., J.M. Luginbuhl, K.E. Turner, Y.L. Nutall, J.R. Collins.  2007. Growth and carcass characteristics in goat kids fed grass and alfalfa-hay-based diets with limited concentrate supplementation.  Sheep & Goat Research Journal 20:42-46. 


  • Sustainable pasturebased livestock extension educational tools for integrated use.  USDA-NIFA-CBG, $99,466.
  • Effect of Management Practices on Alpaca Fiber Production, USDA-CSREES-CBG, 2008-20012, $498,886.
  • Gastrointestinal parasite epidemiology and control in alpacas.  VSU Research Initiation Grant, $10,064.
  • Managing the Impact of Wild Birds on Food Safety and Farm Hygiene, USDA-CSREES-CBG, 2006-2009, $300,000.
  • Feeding and Grazing Strategies to Control Gastrointestinal Parasite in Meat Goats.  USDA-ARS Specific Cooperative Agreement.  2005-2010. $85,000.
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