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Thomas Terrill, PhD

Professor of Animal Science

(478) 825-6814

(478) 825-6376


Academic Program: Animal Science

Research Area: Small Ruminants

Research Interests:
  • Developing year-round grazing systems for goats using low-input grasses and legumes.
  • Sustainable, novel, non-chemical systems for the control of gastrointestinal nematodes in sheep and goats.
  • Use of plants high in condensed tannins to improve health and productivity of small ruminants.

Bachelor of Science: Agronomy - The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA (1980)

Master of Science: Forage Agronomy - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA (1985)

Doctor of Philosophy: Forage Agronomy - The University of Georgia (1989)

Recent Publications/Presentations:

Dykes, G., T. Terrill, N. Whitley, A. Singh, J. Mosjidis, J. Burke, and J. Miller. 2019. Effect of ground and pelleted sericea lespedeza whole plant and leaf only on gastrointestinal nematode and coccidial infection in goats. J. Agric. Sci. Technol. A. 9:93-102.
Mahapatra, A.K., D.E. Ekefre, H.L. Degala, S.M. Punnuri, and T.H. Terrill. 2019. Moisture-dependent Physical and Thermal Properties of Sericea Lespedeza Seeds. Appl. Eng. Agric 35:389-397.
Muir, J.P., T.H. Terrill, J.A. Mosjidis, J.M. Luginbuhl, J.E. Miller, J.M. Burke, S.W. Coleman. 2018. Harvest regimen changes sericea lespedeza condensed tannin, fiber and protein concentrations. Grassl. Sci. 64:137-144.
Stewart, W.M., B.N. Vaidya, A.K. Mahapatra, T.H. Terrill, and N. Joshee. 2018. Potential use of multipurpose Paulownia elongata tree as an animal feed resource. Am. J. Plant Sci. 9:1212-1227.
Whitley, N., T. Terrill, E. Griffin, L. Greer-Mapson, A. Singh,  V. Owen, G. Dykes, D.S. Kommuru, J.E. Miller and S. Punnuri. 2018. Effect of Ensiling on Efficacy of Sericea Lespedeza against Gastrointestinal nematodes and Coccidia in goats. J. Agric. Sci. Technol A. 8: 377-387.
Hamilton, T., T. Terrill, D.S. Kommuru, A. Rivers, J. Mosjidis, J. Miller, C. Drake, I. Mueller-Harvey, and J. Burke. 2017. Effect of supplemental sericea lespedeza pellets on internal parasite infection and nutritional status of grazing goats. J. Agric. Sci. Technol. A 7:335-345.
Terrill, T.H., and J.A. Mosjidis. 2017. Smart man’s sericea lespedeza and worm control: A
Review. J. Agric. Sci. Technol. A 7:143-150.
Muir, J.P., T.H. Terrill, J.A. Mosjidis, J-M. Luginbuhl, J.E. Miller, J.M. Burke, and S.W. Coleman. 2017. Season progression, ontogenesis, and environment affect Lespedeza cuneate herbage condensed tannin, fiber, and crude protein concentrations. Crop Sci. 57:515-524.
Storey, B.E., L.H. Williamson, S.B. Howell, T.H. Terrill, R. Berghaus, A.N. Vidyashankar,  and R.M. Kaplan. 2017. Validation of the FAMACHA© system in South American camelids. Vet. Parasitol. 243:85-91.
Acharya, M., J.M. Burke, K.P. Coffey, E.B. Kegley, J.E. Miller, E. Smyth, M.G. Welborn, T. H. Terrill, J.A. Mosjidis, and C. Rosenkrans, Jr. 2016. Changes in concentrations of trace minerals in lambs fed sericea lespedeza leaf meal pellets with or without dietary sodium molybdate. J. Anim. Sci. 94:1592-1599.
Burke, J.M., J.E. Miller, T.H. Terrill, E. Smyth, and M. Acharya. 2016. Examination of commercially available copper oxide wire particles in combination with albendazole for control of gastrointestinal nematodes in lambs. Vet. Parasitol. 215:1-4.
Hoste, H., J.F.J. Torres Acosta, J. Quijada, J.I. Chan Perez, M.M. Dakheel, D.S. Kommuru, I. Mueller Harvey, and T.H. Terrill. 2016. Interactions between nutrition and infections with Haemonchus contortus (and related gastrointestinal nematodes) in small ruminants. In: Gasser R. and G. von Samson-Himmelstjersterna (Eds.). Haemonchus contortus and Haemonchosis – Past, Present and Future Trends, First Edition, Adv. Parasitol. 93:239-351.
Wright, C., D. Perkins, A. Dawod, B.R. Min, T.H. Terrill, J. E. Miller, T. Vines, and N. Gurung. 2016. The Effects of Phytochemical Tannin Containing Diets on Meat Goat Performance and Drug Resistant Haemonchus contortus Control. Int. J. Vet. Health Sci. Res. 4:104-109.
Hoste, H., J.F.J. Torres-Acosta, C.A. Sandoval-Castro, I. Mueller-Harvey, S. Sotiraki, H. Louvandini, S.M. Thamsborg, and T.H. Terrill. 2015. Tannin containing legumes as a model for nutraceuticals against digestive parasites in livestock. Veterinary Parasitology (In Press).
Min, B.R., S. Solaiman, T.H. Terrill, A. Ramsay, and I. Mueller-Harvey. 2015. The effects of tannins-containing ground pinebark diet upon nutrient digestion, nitrogen balance, and mineral retention in meat goats. Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 6:1-8.
Acharya, M., J.M. Burke, K.P. Coffey, E.B. Kegley, J.E. Miller, G.R. Huff, E. Smyth, T.H. Terrill, J.A. Mosjidis, and C. Rosenkrans. 2015. Changes in hematology, serum biochemistry, and gastrointestinal nematode infection in lambs fed sericea lespedeza with or without dietary sodium molybdate. Journal of Animal Science 93:1952-1961

Kommuru, D.S., N.C. Whitley, J.E. Miller, J.A. Mosjidis, J.M. Burke, S. Gujja, A. Mechineni, and T.H. Terrill. 2015. Effect of sericea lespedeza leaf meal pellets on adult female Haemonchus contortus in goats. Veterinary Parasitology 207:170-175.
Min, B. R., D. Perkins, C. Wright, A. Dawod, B. J. Min, T. H. Terrill, J. S. Eun, R. Shang, S. Y. Yanf, and N. Gurung. 2015. Effects of feeding two different tannin-containing diets on ruminal fermentation profiles and microbial community changes in meat goats. Agriculture, Food, and Analytical Bacteriology 5: 153-165.