Dr. Arthur Goetsch
Dr. Goetsch was born in Springfield, Illinois. While attending grade and high schools, Dr. Goetsch raised cattle and hogs on a small farm and worked on a nearby purebred Angus, commercial swine, and grain farm. He received the B.S. degree in Agricultural Science at Illinois State University, his M.S. degree in Animal Husbandry at the University of Missouri, and his Ph.D. degree in Animal Nutrition from New Mexico State University.
Dr. Goetsch was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Oklahoma State University. In 1984, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor in Ruminant Nutrition at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and advanced to Associate and Full Professor in 1990 and 1994, respectively.
In the Fall of 1995, Dr. Goetsch began as a Research Animal Scientist with the USDA-ARS Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center near Booneville, Arkansas. In early 1998, Dr. Goetsch joined the E. (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research of Langston University as a Research Scientist, and currently serves as Research Leader. Also, in 1998, Dr. Goetsch received the American Society of Animal Science Southern Section Outstanding Young Animal Scientist Award.
Dr. Goetsch instructed graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of Animal Science of the University of Arkansas, including classes such as Ruminant Nutrition and Forage/Ruminant Relations.
Dr. Goetsch's research at the E. (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research is varied, but primarily concerns nutrient requirements and utilization by goats, ones reared for meat, milk, and fiber. In addition to on-campus activities, he participates in international activities of the Institute.
Dr. Goetsch has authored or coauthored over 150 refereed journal articles, 8 book chapters or symposia proceedings, and more than 100 abstracts. Dr. Goetsch is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in relevant research areas. Most research has dealt with feed intake, digestion, metabolism and performance by ruminants consuming forage-based diets typical of the south-central U.S. Attention has been given to utilization of broiler litter in ruminant diets and characterization of interactions between animal and forage properties in relationships between energy metabolism and feed intake.