The Livestock Project is a place for learning and sharing ideas. Our mission is to shine a light on the challenges, concerns, and successes of non-conventional livestock and poultry farmers and those who support them.

The Livestock Project is for:

  • organic and alternative livestock producers
  • veterinarians, veterinary students, and technicians
  • extension specialists and organic certifiers
  • researchers and animal scientists
  • and anyone who supports them.

Over the next few years, we will:

  • Carry out a national survey of organic and alternative producers
  • Gain insight into their needs, gaps, challenges related to animal health and illness prevention
  • Create user-friendly tools to address gaps
  • Create training for veterinarians and other animal health professionals focusing on organic and alternative practices, rules, and available treatments.

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Meet our team

Alicia Burleson and puppy

Alicia Burleson

Alicia is currently a sophomore at Iowa State University majoring in Animal Science – on a pre-veterinary medicine track. She’s worked with companion animals in veterinary practice, cattle on a dairy farm, and horses in the Dominican Republic. Alicia aspires to become a veterinarian and work with small animals or horses. Participating in The Livestock Project has taught Alicia about alternative medicine and care that she hopes to implement in her future career.

Ellen Dauphinaise holding 2 small goats

Ellen Dauphinaise BS

Ellen graduated from the University of Minnesota, Crookston, in 2017 with a degree in animal science and agricultural business. She’s currently in her third year of veterinary school at Iowa State University. Growing up, Ellen immersed herself in all aspects of animal agriculture – raising sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits, and pigs for 4-H and FFA. Following graduation with her DVM in 2023, she hopes to pursue a career that includes small ruminants and rural mixed animal practice, both of which hold a special place in her heart. Being involved in The livestock project has allowed Ellen to learn more about alternative farming, which she plans to incorporate into her career to make her a more knowledgeable veterinarian.

Irene Nielsen and a sheep

Irene Nielsen

Irene is currently an undergraduate studying Dairy Science at Iowa State University. She grew up working with beef and dairy cattle and has shown multiple livestock species through 4-H. Irene hopes to pursue a career working with producers in the dairy industry along with reaching the general public. Her involvement with The Livestock Project has allowed her to expand her knowledge about alternative disease prevention and medicine which she hopes to incorporate into her career and the operations she works with.

Childhood photo of Dr. Delaine Quaresma sitting next to a cow

Dr. Delaine Quaresma DVM MPH

Delaine is a public health veterinarian on the Center for Food Security and Public Health team. Having grown up on a 3rd generation dairy farm in California, her childhood was spent around animals and agriculture. Delaine has a passion for increasing sustainability in agriculture and education in livestock practices that promote animal health and welfare, public health, and food security. She enjoys working with farmers to fulfill their goals of a healthier planet and better tomorrow.

Dr. Katie Steneroden examining a goat

Dr. Katie Steneroden DVM MPH PhD DACVPM

Katie is a Lead Public Health Veterinarian on the Center for Food Security and Public health team. She is proud to be working with and for organic and alternative producers – people who are good stewards of the land and great stewards to the animals under their care. Katie believes few things are more important than happy animals, community, and great food!

Reach out to Dr. Katie Steneroden with any questions.

The Livestock Project is a new initiative at the Iowa State University Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH). This project started in 2021 with grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Farm photos courtesy of Rosmann Family Farms, Integrated Certified Organic in Harlan, Iowa.