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Dr. Sarah Potts

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Agent

Western Maryland Research and Education Center 18330 Keedysville Road Keedysville, MD 21756-1104

Expertise

  • Dairy Cattle Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Dairy and Livestock Management
  • WMREC
  • Calf Management
  • Beef Nutrition and Management

Dr. Sarah Potts currently serves as a Dairy and Beef Extension Specialist with the University of Maryland. In this role, she produces educational programs and materials to help beef and dairy producers in Maryland be successful in reaching their goals. Sarah's extension programming focuses on cattle health and nutrition management, forage management, and ag literacy. Sarah is currently conducting several applied research projects, including an on-farm extended colostrum feeding study with Jersey calves, a grazing study with pregnant Holstein heifers, and a soil fertility study examining the effects of the level of nitrogen and sulfur application on triticale forage yield and quality for dairy cattle.

Sarah completed her bachelor's degrees at Virginia Tech in 2011, her master's at Michigan State University in 2014, and her PhD at the University of Maryland in 2019. Sarah's previous work as a graduate student was focused on feed efficiency in lactating dairy cows and the effects of methyl donor supplementation on transition dairy cow performance. 

Extension Articles & Publications

Journal Articles & Abstracts

Journal Articles

  1. Potts, S. B., C.M. Scholte, K.M. Moyes, and R.A. Erdman. 2020. Production responses to rumen protected choline and methionine supplemented during the periparturient period differ for primi- and multiparous cows. J. Dairy Sci. 103:6070-6086.
  2. S. B. Potts, M. Shaughness, and R. A. Erdman.  2017.  The decline in digestive efficiency of U.S. dairy cows between 1970 and 2014.  J. Dairy Sci.  100:5400-5410.
  3. S. B. Potts, J. P. Boerman, A. L. Lock, M. S. Allen, and M. J. VandeHaar.  2017.  Relationship between residual feed intake and digestibility for lactating Holstein cows fed high and low starch diets.  J. Dairy Sci. 100:265-278.
  4. S. B. Potts, J. P. Boerman, A. L. Lock, M. S. Allen, and M. J. VandeHaar.  2015.  Residual feed intake is repeatable for lactating Holstein dairy cows fed high and low starch diets.  J. Dairy Sci. 98:4735–4747.
  5. J. P. Boerman, S. B. Potts, M. J. VandeHaar, and A. L. Lock.  2015.  Effects of partly replacing dietary starch with fiber and fat on milk production and energy partitioning.  J. Dairy Sci.  98:7264-7276.
  6. J. P. Boerman, S. B. Potts, M. J. VandeHaar, M. S. Allen, and A. L. Lock. 2015. Milk production responses to a change in dietary starch concentration vary by production level in dairy cattle. J. Dairy Sci. 98:4698–4706.

Abstracts

  1. Potts, S.B., A.M. Grev, J.W. Semler, S. Schoenian, and D. O’Brien. 2021. Assessment of the presence of anthelmintic resistance in Maryland beef cattle herds. J. Anim. Sci. 99. Suppl. 3. Nov. 2021. Page 325.
  2. Perdue, M., J. Moyle, A Grev, S. Potts, J. Semler, E. Zobel, and R. Slattery. 2021. Small Farm Programming During a Pandemic. Proceedings of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents 106th Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference.  Page 67.  https://www.nacaa.com/ampic/2021/2021%20Proceedings%20LR.pdf
  3. Grev, A.M. and S.B. Potts. 2021. A forage-based educational needs assessment for livestock and forage producers in Maryland. In Proceedings: American Society of Animal Science/American Dairy Science Association Northeast Section 2021 Annual Meeting. https://www.asas.org/sections/northeast-section/meetings
  4. Grev, A.M. and S.B. Potts. 2021. A forage-based educational needs assessment for livestock and forage producers in Maryland. In Proceedings: American Forage and Grassland Council 2021 Annual Meeting. Savannah, GA. https://www.afgc.org/i4a/doclibrary/getfile.cfm?doc_id=807
  5. Grev, A.M. and S.B. Potts. 2021. A forage-based educational needs assessment for equine operations in Maryland. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 100: 103588.
  6. Potts, S., and A. Grev.  2020.  Assessment of the Educational Needs of Maryland Dairy Producers. Proceedings of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents 105th Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference.  Page 85.  https://www.nacaa.com/ampic/2020/2020%20Proceedings%20lr.pdf
  7. Dill, S., N. Little, S. Potts, and A. Grev. 2020. Conducting Needs Assessments to Direct Extension Programming Efforts. Proceedings of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents 105th Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference. Page 88.  https://www.nacaa.com/ampic/2020/2020%20Proceedings%20lr.pdf
  8. Dill, S., N. Little, S. Potts, and A. Grev. 2020. Conducting Needs Assessments to Direct Extension Programming Efforts. 2020 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference.  https://agrisk.umn.edu/Conferences/Presentation/conducting_needs_assessments_to_direct_extens
  9. S. B. Potts, K. M. Brady, C. M. Scholte, K.M. Moyes, and R. A. Erdman. 2019. Rumen-protected choline or methionine affects the choline metabolite profile of plasma and milk and alters expression of genes associated with choline and lipid metabolism in periparturient cows. J. Dairy Sci. 102(Suppl. 1): T173.
  10. S. B. Potts, C. M. Scholte, and R. A. Erdman.  2018.  Production responses to rumen-protected choline and methionine supplemented during the transition period differ for primi- and multiparous cows.  J. Dairy Sci. 101(Suppl. 2):M272.
  11. S. B. Potts, M. Shaughness, and R. A. Erdman.  2015.  The decline in digestive efficiency of U.S. dairy cows during the last 44 years.  J. Dairy Sci. 98(E-Suppl. 1):417.
  12. J. P. Boerman, S. B. Potts, M. J. VandeHaar, J. L. Firkins, N. R. St-Pierre, and A. L. Lock.  Dietary factors affecting fatty acid digestion and metabolism in lactating dairy cows. 2015.  ADSA-ASAS Midwest Meeting.  March 16-18, 2015.  Des Moines, IA.
  13. J. P. Boerman, S. E. Burczynski, M. J. VandeHaar, and A. L. Lock.  2014.  Effects of diets differing in starch, fiber, and fatty acid concentrations on milk production and energy partitioning.  J. Dairy Sci. 97(E-Suppl. 1):604.
  14. S. E. Burczynski, J. P. Boerman, A. L. Lock, M. S. Allen, and M. J. VandeHaar.  2014.  Relationship between digestibility and residual feed intake in lactating Holstein cows fed high and low starch diets.  J. Dairy Sci. 97(E-Suppl. 1):346.
  15. J. C. Ploetz, S. E. Burczynski, M. J. VandeHaar, M. S. Allen, and A. L. Lock.  2013.  Milk production responses to a change in dietary starch concentration vary by production level in dairy cattle.  J. Dairy Sci. 96 (E-Suppl. 1):471.
  16. S. E. Burczynski, J. S. Liesman, R. J. Tempelman, J. C. Ploetz, M. S. Allen, A. L. Lock, and M. J. VandeHaar.  2013.  Residual feed intake is repeatable when high and low starch diets are fed to lactating Holstein dairy cows.  J. Dairy Sci. 96 (E-Suppl. 1):331.

Research Projects