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Brian T Richert

Animal Sciences 

  • Associate Professor of Animal Sciences
POUL Room 103A
125 S. Russell St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2042

Area of Expertise: Swine Nutrition and Management

Education: B.S., South Dakota State University; M.S. and Ph.D., Kansas State University

Research Program

News Releases

Specialists: In 2013, resolve to improve farming practices - Purdue News, December 2012

Handbook provides wealth of information to pork producers - Purdue News, September 2010

Purdue livestock specialists recommend testing before feeding - Purdue News, October 2009

Feeding livestock biofuels byproducts: Is it worth the cost? - Purdue News, March 2007

4-H members and parents can learn, pig out at Junior Pork Day - Purdue News, February 2007

PIG puts pork production expertise online - Purdue News, September 2006

New Purdue barn strives for cleaner, fresher air for livestock farms - Purdue News, January 2005

Awards & Honors

(2009) Industry Meritorious Service Award. Indiana Pork.

(2009) Team Award. Purdue University School of Agriculture.

Selected Publications

Mack, L. A., Lay, D. C., Eicher, S. D., Johnson, A. K., Richert, B. T., & Pajor, E. A. (2014). Growth and reproductive development of male piglets are more vulnerable to mid-gestation maternal stress than that of female piglets.. Journal of Animal Science, 92, 530-548.

Mack, L. A., Lay, D. C., Eicher, S. D., Johnson, A. K., Richert, B. T., & Pajor, E. A. (2014). Group space allowance has little effect on sow health, productivity, or welfare in a free-access stall system.. Journal of Animal Science, 92, 2552-2567.

Richert, B. T., Steyn, W., Allen, E. C., Garbossa, C. A. P., Eggert, J. M., & Schinckel, A. P. (2014). Effects of decreasing net energy in grow-finish diets with our without paylean. Midwest Swine Nutrition Conference Proceedings, 49-56.

Rault, J. L., Mack, L. A., Carter, C. S., Garner, J. P., Marchant-Forde, J. N., Richert, B. T., & Lay, D. C. (2013). Prenatal stress puzzle, the oxytocin piece: Prenatal stress alters the behavior and autonomic regulation in piglets, insights from oxytocin.. Applied Animal Behavior Science, 148, 99-107.

Richert, B. T., Radcliffe, J. S., & Ferrel, J. (2013). Potential of mannanase and glucanase enzymes in swine feeding programs.. Midwest Swine nutrition conference, 43-48.

Rault, J. L., Carter, C. S., Garner, J. P., Marchant-Forde, J. N., Richert, B. T., & Lay, D. C. (2013). Repeated intranasal oxytocin administration in early life dysregulates the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis and alters social behavior.. Physiology and Behavior, 112-113, 40-48.

Walsh, M. C., Rostagno, M. H., Gardiner, G. E., Sutton, A. L., Richert, B. T., & Radcliffe, J. S. (2012). Controlling Salmonella infection in weanling pigs through water delivery of direct-fed microbials or organic acids; Part I. Effects on growth performance, microbial populations and immune status. Journal of Animal Science, 90, 261-271. Retrieved from

Poletto, R., Cheng, H. W., Meisel, R. L., Richert, B. T., & Marchant-Forde, J. N. (2011). Gene expression of serotonin and dopamine receptors and monoamine oxidase-A in the brain of dominant and subordinate pubertal domestic pigs (Sus scrofa) fed a B-adrenoreceptor agonist.. Brain Research, 1381, 11-20.

Sholly, D. M., Jorgensen, H., Sutton, A. L., Richert, B. T., & Bach Knudsen, K. E. (2011). Effect of fermentation of cereals on the degradation of polysaccharides and other macronutrients in the gastrointestinal tract of growing pigs. Journal of Animal Science, 89, 2096-2105. Retrieved from

Hill, B. E., Sutton, A. L., & Richert, B. T. (2009). Effects of low-phytic acid corn, low-phytic acid soybean meal, and phytase on nutrient digestibility and excretion in growing pigs.. Journal of Animal Science, 87, 1518-1527.