University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Walter "Roy" Burris, Ph.D.

Dr. Roy Burris

Professor - Extension Beef Specialist

Department of Animal Sciences
University of Kentucky Research & Education Center
P. O. Box 469
Princeton, KY 42445

Phone:  (270)365-7541, X208

FAX:  (270)365-2667 


  • 1974 - Ph.D., Ruminant Nutrition, University of Kentucky
  • 1972 - M.S., Ruminant Nutrition, University of Kentucky
  • 1969 - B.S., Animal Science, Tennessee Technological University

Areas of Responsibility

  • Cow-calf nutrition and management
  • Health programs for feeder calves
  • Integrated Resource Management (IRM) for beef
  • Applied research in beef cattle management

Selected Publications

Liao, S.F., K.R. Brown, A.J. Stromberg, W.R. Burris, J.A. Boling, and J.C. Matthews. 2010. Dietary Supplementation of Selenium in Inorganic and Organic Forms Differentially and Commonly Alters Blood and Liver Selenium Concentrations and Liver Gene Expression Profiles of Growing Beef Heifers. Biological Trace Element Research published (April 13, 2010) first online as DOI: 10.1007/s12011-010-8685-2.

Howlett, C.M., E.S. Vanzant, L.H. Anderson, W.R. Burris, B.G. Fieser and R.F. Bapst. Effect of supplemental nutrient source on heifer growth and reproductive performance, and on utilization of corn silage-based diets by beef steers. Journal of Animal Science 81:2367-2378. 2003.

Burris, R. and P. Scharko. 1996. Health and management techniques. In Beef Management in Kentucky. ID-108.

Burris, R. and J. Johns. 1996. Feeding the cow herd. In Beef Management in Kentucky. ID-108.

Patterson, D.J., K.D. Bullock, W.R. Burris and J.T. Johns. 1995. Management considerations in beef heifer development: Breed type, weight and height, reproductive tract scores. ASC-144. UK College of Agriculture.

Bullock, D., R. Burris, J. Henning, P. Joerger, D. Patterson and D. Shepherd. 1996. Beef integrated resource management calendar. AGR-CAL. UK College of Agriculture.

Burris, Roy, John Johns, Nelson Gay and David Patterson. 1990. Growth stimulating implants for beef cattle. ASC-25. (Rev.).

Burris, Roy and John Johns. 1990. Feed additives for beef cattle. ASC-123.

Lacefield, Garry, Roy Burris, Charles Dougherty and Curtis Absher. 1990. Grazing alfalfa. ID-97.

Johns, John, Roy Burris, Nelson Gay, David Patterson and Duane Miksch. 1990.

Conditioning cattle for growing or finishing. Fact Sheet ASC-22.


Myers, E., E.S. Vanzant, L.H. Anderson, W.R. Burris, R.B. Hightshoe, J.T. Johns and K.K. Schillo. Effects of fat supplementation on heat-stressed lactating beef cows grazing endophyte-infested fescue. Journal of Animal Science 81(Suppl. 2):105. 2003.

Burris, W.R., L.H. Anderson, J. Bicudo, K. D. Bullock, J. Henning, J.T. Johns, G. Lacefield, L. Meyer, W.B. Mikel and P.B. Scharko. The Kentucky "Master Cattleman" program. Journal of Animal Science 81(Suppl. 2):5. 2003.

Burris, R., L.H. Anderson, K.D. Bullock, P.B. Scharko and J.H. Randolph. Effect of Brahman-influence on cattle grazing fescue pastures. Journal of Animal Science 81(Suppl. 2):6. 2003.

Bullock, K.D., L.H. Anderson, W.R. Burris, J.C. Henning, P.B. Scharko, W.B. Mikel, D.W. Shepherd, J. Akers, J. Hunter and A.M. Smith. Using a value-added study tour and workshop to develop county based Integrated Resource Management programs. Journal of Animal Science 81(Suppl. 2):5. 2003.