Mike VandeHaar

Mike VandeHaar


Department of Animal Science


Telephone: 517-355-8489

2265I Anthony Hall

Area of Expertise:

Dairy Nutrition & Metabolism


BA, Dordt College
MS, Iowa State University
PhD, Iowa State University
Post doctorate, University of North Carolina


Research involves dairy cattle nutrition and physiology with intent of improving the efficiency of producing food for people. Current projects include developing genomic and management tools to improve feed efficiency, discovering better strategies to feed cows according to their needs, discovering ways to promote health and lifetime productivity of calves and heifers, and developing practical ration balancing tools.


  • ANS 313, Animal Feeding and Nutrition
  • ANS 435, Mammary Physiology (co-taught)
  • ANS 480, Dairy Husbandry and Environmental Stewardship in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.