Nancy Whitehouse

Phone: (603) 862-1349
Office: Agriculture, Nutrition, & Food Systems, Keener Dairy Research Building, Durham, NH 03824
Nancy Whitehouse

Nancy is an alumna of the University of New Hampshire, with a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Animal and Nutritional Sciences. She grew up on a dairy farm in New York and came to the University of New Hampshire for the Pre-Veterinary program but decide research with dairy cows was more exciting. Nancy is a research professor so has no classes assigned to her to teach, but she does guest lectures for various Animal Science course. Rumen microbiology is the area that Nancy enjoys working in the most, but most of her research has been focused on amino acids and protein nutrition in lactating dairy cows. Nancy perfected a technique to determine the relative bioavailability of rumen protected amino acids supplements, which gives ruminant nutritionists a value to assign to these supplements. This helps ruminant nutritionist come up with the most economical and environmentally friendly diet to feed dairy cows. She is also expanding her research interest into minerals fed to dairy cows and hopes to get back to rumen microbiology with some mycotoxin work.


  • Ph.D., Animal Sciences, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S., Animal Sciences, University of New Hampshire
  • B.S., Animal Sciences, University of New Hampshire

Courses Taught

  • ANSC 795W: Investigations

Selected Publications

Pereira, A. B. D., Moura, D. C., Whitehouse, N. L., & Brito, A. F. (2020). Production and nitrogen metabolism in lactating dairy cows fed finely ground field pea plus soybean meal or canola meal with or without rumen-protected methionine supplementation. Journal of Dairy Science, 103(4), 3161-3176. doi:10.3168/jds.2019-17186

Zang, Y., Silva, L. H. P., Ghelichkhan, M., Miura, M., Whitehouse, N. L., Chizzotti, M. L., & Brito, A. F. (2019). Incremental amounts of rumen-protected histidine increase plasma and muscle histidine concentrations and milk protein yield in dairy cows fed a metabolizable protein-deficient diet. Journal of Dairy Science, 102(5), 4138-4154. doi:10.3168/jds.2018-15780

Whitehouse, N. L., Schwab, C. G., & Brito, A. F. (2017). The plasma free amino acid dose-response technique: A proposed methodology for determining lysine relative bioavailability of rumen-protected lysine supplements. Journal of Dairy Science, 100(12), 9585-9601. doi:10.3168/jds.2017-12695

Ghedini, C. P., Whitehouse, N. L., Moura, D. C., Oliveira, A. S., & Brito, A. F. (2017). Short communication: The mammalian lignan enterolactone is absorbed by newborn dairy calves fed enterolactone-enriched milk. Journal of Dairy Science, 100(10), 8170-8175. doi:10.3168/jds.2017-13093

Pereira, A. B. D., Whitehouse, N. L., Aragona, K. M., Schwab, C. S., Reis, S. F., & Brito, A. F. (2017). Production and nitrogen utilization in lactating dairy cows fed ground field peas with or without ruminally protected lysine and methionine. Journal of Dairy Science, 100(8), 6239-6255. doi:10.3168/jds.2016-12140

Schwab, E. C., Schwab, C. G., Shaver, R. D., Girard, C. L., Putnam, D. E., & Whitehouse, N. L. (2006). Dietary Forage and Nonfiber Carbohydrate Contents Influence B-Vitamin Intake, Duodenal Flow, and Apparent Ruminal Synthesis in Lactating Dairy Cows. Journal of Dairy Science, 89(1), 174-187. doi:10.3168/jds.s0022-0302(06)72082-3

Socha, M. T., Putnam, D. E., Garthwaite, B. D., Whitehouse, N. L., Kierstead, N. A., Schwab, C. G., . . . Robert, J. C. (2005). Improving Intestinal Amino Acid Supply of Pre- and Postpartum Dairy Cows with Rumen-Protected Methionine and Lysine,. Journal of Dairy Science, 88(3), 1113-1126. doi:10.3168/jds.s0022-0302(05)72778-8

Venezia, T. A., Merchant, A. A., Ramos, C. A., Whitehouse, N. L., Young, A. S., Shaw, C. A., & Goodell, M. A. (n.d.). Molecular Signatures of Proliferation and Quiescence in Hematopoietic Stem Cells. PLoS Biology, 2(10), e301. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0020301

Schwab, C. G., Bozak, C. K., Whitehouse, N. L., & Mesbah, M. M. A. (1992). Amino Acid Limitation and Flow to Duodenum at Four Stages of Lactation. 1. Sequence of Lysine and Methionine Limitation. Journal of Dairy Science, 75(12), 3486-3502. doi:10.3168/jds.s0022-0302(92)78125-9

Schwab, C. G., Bozak, C. K., Whitehouse, N. L., & Olson, V. M. (1992). Amino Acid Limitation and Flow to the Duodenum at Four Stages of Lactation. 2. Extent of Lysine Limitation. Journal of Dairy Science, 75(12), 3503-3518. doi:10.3168/jds.s0022-0302(92)78126-0

Most Cited Publications