Animal agriculture is extremely important to the future of Michigan, the United States and the world. Likewise, it has played a critical role in the history of Michigan State. As the pioneering land-grant university, MSU has always valued animal agriculture. From the days when the department was known as Animal Husbandry, our department continues to appreciate the importance of livestock and has many outstanding faculty and staff with a tremendous amount of expertise working with various livestock species. The department maintains strong teaching, research and extension/outreach programs in beef, sheep, swine, poultry, dairy, and horses, including animal behavior and welfare. Additional species and human relationships to animal science also are considered. Such programs are critical to the education of students and producers, and aid in solving problems faced by the agricultural community, as we work to better serve the animal industries.