Wenzhu Yang was born in Taiyuan, China, in 1957. He received the B.S. degree in animal science from the Shanxi Agriculture University, China in 1982 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France, in 1987 and 1991, respectively. Since 1996, Dr. Yang has been working as a Research Scientist at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Lethbridge Research Centre, ON, Canada in ruminant nutrition field. His research interests are ruminant nutrition, digestive physiology, digestion kinetics, protein nutrition, carbohydrate nutrition, forage utilization, feed additives, and rumen function. His current research projects include development of feeding strategies for improving feed efficiency and production of dairy and beef cattle; evaluating requirements of physically effective fiber and ruminal fermentability of feeds to reduce rumen acidosis and to improve animal health; developing novel feed additives such as plant-derived compounds, feed enzymes, and rare earth elements as rumen modifiers to reduce the use of antibiotics and growth promoters in dairy and beef cattle; studying dietary factors that affect the site and extent of digestion in the digestive tract of cattle and its impact on feed utilization and quantity and quality of animal products; develop feeding strategies for using ethanol coproducts in beef cattle; and assessing feeding values of barley grain in dairy and beef cattle.
Biography Updated on 5 December 2010