Kim Cassida, Ph.D.

Kim Cassida
Telephone: 517-353-0278
Cellphone: 304-575-6099
Fax: 517-353-5174

Forages and grazing specialist


B.S., Animal Science – University of Maine
M.S., Nutrition – The Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D., Sustainable Agriculture – University of Maine



Cassida, K.A., J.G. Foster, J.M. Gonzalez, R.W. Zobel, and M.A. Sanderson. Response of forage chicory seedlings to available soil phosphorus in two soils in a controlled environment. Comm. Soil Plant Anal. (in press)

Turner, K.E., K.A. Cassida, and A.M. Zajac.  Weight gain, blood parameters, and fecal egg counts when meat goats were finished on alfalfa, red clover, or orchardgrass pastures.  Grass Forage Sci.  (in press.

Cassida, K.A., J.G. Foster, and K.E. Turner. 2012.  Recirculating elutriator for separating gastrointestinal, nematode larvae from pasture herbage samples. Vet Parasitol.  188:60-67.

Cassida, K.A., J.G. Foster, J.M. Gonzalez, R.W. Zobel, and M.A. Sanderson. 2012.  Available soil phosphorus affects herbage yield and stand persistence in forage chicory. Agron. J. 104:807-816.

Zobel, R., K.A. Cassida, T.B. Kinraide, J.M. Gonzalez, and J.G. Foster. 2011. Morphological response of forage chicory (Cichorium intybus L.) fine roots to manipulated soil phosphorus levels.  J. Plant Nutr.  (in press).

Foster, J.G., K.A. Cassida, and M.A. Sanderson 2011.  Seasonal variation in sesquiterpene lactone concentration and composition in herbage from managed plots of forage chicory cultivars.  Grass & Forage Sci. 66:424–433.

Foster, J.G., K.A. Cassida, and K E. Turner.  2011.  In vitro analysis of the anthelmintic activity of forage chicory (Cichorium intybus L.) sesquiterpene lactones against Haemonchus contortus. Vet.  Parasitol. 180:298-306.

Halvorson, J.J., K.A. Cassida, K.E Turner, and D.P.  Belesky.  2011.  Nutritive value of bamboo as browse for livestock.   Renewable Agric. Food Syst.  26:161-170.

Cassida, K.A., J. G. Foster, and K. E. Turner.  2010. Palatability to goats of forage chicory grown under phosphorus fertility stress. Agron. J. 102:1109-1117. 

Cassida, K.A., J.P.S. Neel, and D.P. Belesky.  2009.  Stockpiled prairiegrass provides high-quality fall grazing for lambs. Forage and Grazinglands. doi:10.1094/FG-2009-0318-01-RS. Online. ( .  

Cassida, K.A., K.E. Turner, J.G. Foster, and O.B. Hesterman, 2007. Comparison of detergent fiber analysis methods for forages high in pectin. Anim. Feed Sci. Tech. 135:283-295.

Cassida, K.A., C.B. Stewart, V.A. Haby, and S.A. Gunter. 2006.  Alfalfa as an alternative to bermudagrass for pastured stocker cattle systems in the southern USA. Agron. J. 98:705-713.

Cassida, K.A., T.L. Kirkpatrick, R.T. Robbins, J.P. Muir, B.C. Venuto, and M.A.  Hussey. 2006. Plant-parasitic nematodes associated with switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) grown for biofuel in the south central United States. Nematropica 35(1):1-10.

Kiniry, J.R., K.A. Cassida, M.A. Hussey, J.P. Muir, W.R. Ocumpaugh, J.C. Read, R.L.  Reed, M.A. Sanderson, B. Venuto, , and J.R. Williams. 2005. Switchgrass simulation at diverse sites in the southern U.S.  Biomass Bioenergy  29:419-425.

, K.A., J.P. Muir, M.A. Hussey, J.C. Read, B.C. Venuto, and W.R. Ocumpaugh.  2005. Biofuel component concentration and yield of switchgrass in south central USA environments. Crop Sci. 45:682-692.

Cassida, K.A., J.P. Muir, M.A. Hussey, J.C. Read, B.C. Venuto, and W.R. Ocumpaugh.  2005. Biomass yield and stand characteristics of switchgrass in south central USA environments. Crop Sci. 45:673-681.

Gunter, S.A., K.A. Cassida, P.A. Beck, and J.M. Phillips. 2002.  Winter-annual pasture as a supplement for beef cows. J. Anim. Sci. 80:1157-1165.

Cassida, K.A., T.S. Griffin, J. Rodriguez, S.C. Patching, O.B. Hesterman, and S.R. Rust. 2000. Protein degradability and forage quality in maturing alfalfa, red clover, and birdsfoot trefoil. Crop Sci. 40:209-215.

Gunter, S.A., P.A. Beck, J.S. Weyers, and K.A. Cassida. Programmed feeding for maintaining gestating beef cows during droughts in the Southeastern United States. 2000.  Prof. Anim. Scientist 16:220-230.

Guillard, K., S.W. Pietrzyk, K.A. Cassida, M.H. Wiedenhoeft, and B.A. Barton. 1995. Seasonal nitrogen and carbohydrate partitioning in forage brassicas. Agron. J. 87:562-569.

Cassida, K.A., B.A. Barton, R.L. Hough, M.H. Wiedenhoeft, and K. Guillard. 1995. Productivity and health of gestating ewes grazing tyfon pastures containing weeds. J. Sustainable Agric. 6:81-95.

Griffin, T.S., K.A. Cassida, O.B. Hesterman, and S.R. Rust. 1994.  Alfalfa maturity and cultivar effects on chemical and in situ estimates of protein degradability. Crop Sci. 34:1654-1661.

Cassida, K.A., B.A. Barton, R.L. Hough, M.H. Wiedenhoeft, and K. Guillard. 1994.  Feed intake and apparent digestibility of hay-supplemented brassica diets for lambs. J. Anim. Sci. 72:1623-1629.

Cassida, K.A., L.D. Muller, and T.F Sweeney. 1988.  Sodium sesquicarbonate for dairy cows fed corn silage-based diets during early lactation. J. Dairy Sci. 71:381-387.

Cassida, K.A., and M.R Stokes. 1986.  Eating and resting salivation in early lactation dairy cows. J. Dairy Sci. 69:1289-1292. 

MSU Extension

Dr. Kim Cassida is the Forage Specialist for MSU.  Her research program focuses on using the forage components of agricultural systems for improved productivity, resource conservation and resilience to environmental stress. Her interests are in grazing systems and local and regional food systems.

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