Tag Archives: George Gallagher

Just when you think you’ve seen it all from Berry wildlife, something new comes along. Such was the case this summer when student Hannah Atsma’s video of “boxing deer” went viral on social media, garnering 138,000 Facebook views. In her post, Atsma echoed the thoughts of many with her statement, “This is definitely one of the stranger things I’ve seen the deer of Berry College do.” In search of an explanation, we went to Berry’s resident deer expert, Dana Professor of Animal Science Dr. George Gallagher, and he did not disappoint.

“This type of ‘boxing’ behavior is not uncommon among deer, particularly does,” he explained. “Deer, like many animals, express a hierarchy or dominance behavior. I tend to see these aggressive displays more frequently in late fall and winter when feed resources become more limited. Most of these events are much shorter and less dramatic compared to this video clip. It is a real classic!”

There you have it! Now back to your regularly scheduled eagle watching.

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ANS Lab Ribbon Cutting

Jackie Scott (fourth from left), widow of the late Dr. Allen Scott, joins college leaders, friends and project donors at the ribbon-cutting for Berry’s new animal science laboratory.

The late Dr. Allen Scott was never shy in advocating for Berry students, so it’s only fitting that the entrance to the college’s new animal science laboratory be named in his honor. Family and friends of the faculty legend joined other project supporters for an April 18 ribbon cutting celebrating the completion of the 4,600 square-foot facility, the first animal science priority funded through the LifeReady Campaign.

“There were many students that were touched by Allen Scott,” Dana Professor of Animal Science George Gallagher said of his longtime friend and colleague. “And I think that’s his biggest legacy for Berry College. This [facility] will help to build on that.”

Allen Scott PlaqueLocated near the Rollins Ruminant Research Center, the new facility includes a research laboratory with multiple workstations and equipment for preparing samples for study, a large lab with 10 stanchions and other equipment for safely working with cattle, a flexible lab where small-animal pens can be configured as needed, a large storage room, and a veterinary support room. The building also functions as an emergency treatment and surgery center, all but eliminating the need for college veterinarians to treat or perform life-saving procedures in the pasture.

Fundraising is now underway for a major new animal science building to be located adjacent to the McAllister Hall science center.

Event coverage, photo gallery

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Viewers across the state recently got a firsthand look at Berry’s fast-growing animal science program thanks to the Georgia Farm Monitor, a news and information program produced by the Georgia Farm Bureau. The four-minute segment – first aired last summer and again at year-end – featured remarks by Berry students as well as two longtime faculty members, Drs. George Gallagher and Judy Wilson.

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