Dr. Kevin M Downs

Professor of Poultry Science

Dr. Kevin M Downs
(615) 898-5217
(615) 898-5169
Room 210, Stark Agribusiness and Agriscience Center (SAG)
MTSU Box 5, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Departments / Programs

Degree Information

  • PHD, Auburn University (2000)
  • MS, University of Florida (1997)
  • BS, University of Florida (1995)
  • AA, University of Central Florida (1993)

Areas of Expertise

Poultry Science

Poultry Nutrition

Small and Backyard Poultry Flocks

Coordinator, Poultry Science Minor at MTSU

Publications

REFERRED JOURNAL ARTICLES:

Gulizia, J.P. and K.M. Downs. 2021. The effects of feed color on broiler performance between day 1 and 21. Animals 11, 1511.  https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11061511

Gulizia, J.P., K.M. Downs. 2020. Comparison of dietary kudzu leaf meal (Pueraria montana var. lobata) and alfalfa meal supplementation effect on broiler (Gallus gallus domesticus) performan...

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REFERRED JOURNAL ARTICLES:

Gulizia, J.P. and K.M. Downs. 2021. The effects of feed color on broiler performance between day 1 and 21. Animals 11, 1511.  https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11061511

Gulizia, J.P., K.M. Downs. 2020. Comparison of dietary kudzu leaf meal (Pueraria montana var. lobata) and alfalfa meal supplementation effect on broiler (Gallus gallus domesticus) performance, carcass characteristics, and organ parameters. Animals 10, 147. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani10010147

Gulizia, J.P., K.M. Downs. 2019. A review of kudzu's use and characteristics as potential feedstock. Agriculture 9, 220. https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture9100220

Gulizia, J.P., K.M. Downs, and S. Cui. 2019. Kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata) age variability effects on total and nutrient-specific in situ rumen degradation. J. Appl. Anim. Res. 47(1):433-439. https://doi.org/10.1080/09712119.2019.1652615

Downs, K.M., R.J. Lien, J.B. Hess, S.F. Bilgili, W.A. Dozier, III, 2006. The effects of photoperiod length, light intensity, and feed energy on growth responses and meat yield of broilers. J. Appl. Poult. Res. 15:406-416. https://doi.org/10.1093/japr/15.3.406 

Downs, K.M., R.A. Norton, J.B. Hess, and K.S. Macklin, 2004. Micronutrient strategies for the control of cellulitis in broilers. Nutrition Abstracts and Reviews: Series B Livestock Feeds and Feeding 74:33N-37N.

Downs, K.M. and J.E. Mehlhorn, 2003. A cooperative poultry research project to enhance critical thinking, problem-solving, and research skills. NACTA J. 47(4):51-55.

Downs, K.M., J.P. Blake, J.B. Hess, R.A. Norton, A. Kalinowski, A. Corzo, and C.M. Parsons, 2003. Suitability of a dehydrated poultry mortality-soybean meal product for use in broiler chicken diets. J. Appl. Poult. Res. 12:222-228. https://doi.org/10.1093/japr/12.2.222 

Downs, K.M., R.A. Norton, K.S. Macklin, and J.B. Hess, 2003. Potential of vitamin E and zinc-amino acid complex for the reduction of cellulitis in broilers. J. Appl. Anim. Res. 23:25-32. https://doi.org/10.1080/09712119.2003.9706765 

Downs, K.M., J.B. Hess, and R.A. Norton, 2002. Micronutrients and meat quality. J. Anhui Technical Teachers College 16:29-31.

Hess, J.B., S.F. Bilgili, A.M. Parson, and K.M. Downs, 2001. Influence of complexed zinc products on live performance and carcass grade of broilers. J. Appl. Anim. Res. 19:49-60. https://doi.org/10.1080/09712119.2001.9706709 

Downs, K.M., J.B. Hess, and S.F. Bilgili, 2000. Selenium source effect on broiler carcass characteristics, meat quality, and drip loss. J. Appl. Anim. Res. 18:61-72. https://doi.org/10.1080/09712119.2000.9706324 

Downs, K.M., W.E. Kunkle, T.T. Marshall, B.A. Reiling, and J.V. Yelich, 2000. Effect of laidlomycin propionate on beef bull growth performance and reproductive development. J. Appl. Anim. Res. 18:137-147. https://doi.org/10.1080/09712119.2000.9706335 

Downs, K.M., J.B. Hess, K.S. Macklin, and R.A. Norton, 2000. Dietary zinc complexes and vitamin E for reducing cellulitis incidence in broilers. J. Appl. Poult. Res. 9:319-323. https://doi.org/10.1093/japr/9.3.319 

Marshall, T.T., T.S. Hoover, B.A. Reiling, and K.M. Downs, 1998. Experiential learning in the animal sciences: effect of 13 years of a beef cattle management practicum. J. Anim. Sci. 76:2947-2952. https://doi.org/10.2527/1998.76112947x 

RECENT ABSTRACTS:

Adkins, J.B., K.M. Downs, J.P. Gulizia, M.S. Lastres, and W.J. Pacheco. 2021. Effect of phytase level and form on broiler performance from 1 to 21 days of age. Poultry Sci. 100 (E-suppl. 1): 12 (M34).

Stafford, E.K., K.M. Downs, J.P. Gulizia, and W.J. Pacheco. 2021. Influence of varying kudzu leaf meal particle sizes added to a broiler diet. Poultry Sci. 100 (E-suppl. 1):47 (P33).

Scott, J.D., K.M. Downs, J.P. Gulizia. 2021. What is the poultry industry really seeking in college graduates?: A perspective study to assess key traits and competencies important to poultry industry management personnel. Poultry Sci. 100 (E-suppl. 1):36 (P1).

Gulizia, J. and K. Downs. 2020. Color of feed effects on performance of high growth rate broilers. Poultry Sci. 99 (E-suppl. 1):98

Gulizia, J., K. Downs, and S. Cui. 2019. The influence of kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata) age on in situ rumen degradation. J. Anim. Sci. 97 (Suppl. 1):38 (Abstr) https://doi.org/10.1093/jas/skz053.085

 

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Awards

2019-2020 College of Basic and Applied Sciences Teaching Excellence Award

Research / Scholarly Activity

Thesis Advisor, University Honors College, Middle Tennessee State University:

Emily Stafford - Effects of leaf meal supplementation on commercial broiler performance and carcass characteristics (defended April 2021)

Joseph Gulizia - Total and nutrient-specific in situ degradation of kudzu in the bovine rumen (defended November 2018)

In the Media

Downs, K.M., Gulizia, J.P., Scott, J.D., 2021. Preparing the next generation of poultry science graduates. WATTPoultryUSA 22(6):36-38.
June 2021 - https://www.wattpoultryusa-digital.com/wattpoultryusa/library/

Courses

Poultry Production

Poultry Evaluation

Poultry Nutrition and Feeding

Poultry Reproduction and Breeder Management

Poultry Processing

Undergraduate Research in Poultry Science

Animal Nutrition

Animal Feeds and Feeding

Domestic Animal Reproductive Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals