Derek Brake

Derek Brake


Assistant Professor

Division of Animal Sciences

Research at a glance

Area(s) of Expertise

Research Summary

My research broadly focuses on developing a better understanding of how beef and dairy cattle digest, metabolize and ultimately use different nutrients in support of growth or lactation. Recent efforts include work with small intestinal starch digestion, use of computer vision and AI to better estimate basal energy requirements, amino acid utilization, energy balance, corn processing and cover crops. Ultimately, the goal of this research is to simultaneously improve access to sustainably produced food products from cattle while increasing profitability for cattle producers.

Educational background

  • Ph.D. Ruminant Nutrition, Kansas State University
  • M.S. Animal Science (Ruminant Nutrition), Kansas State University

Courses taught

  • AnSci 4332/7332: Ruminant Nutrition
  • AnSci 4975/4975W/7975: Beef Production