Briana Ferguson grew up on a small farm in rural Minnesota raising sheep, cattle and poultry. She attended North Dakota State University where she received her B.S. in Animal Science in 2012. Upon graduation she joined Pipestone System and became a farrowing lead on a 2,500 head sow farm outside of Mitchell, SD. While working for Pipestone, Briana expanded her knowledge of livestock production and further developed her passion for helping producers succeed in raising quality livestock through training employees and continuing education.
In the fall of 2014, Briana started her master’s program at North Dakota State University under the direction of Dr. Kimberly Vonnahme. Her research focused on improving piglet viability and carcass quality through improved uterine blood flow. While working towards her master’s, Briana had many opportunities to work closely with students and staff on a wide variety of research projects involving numerous species including sheep, beef, dairy and swine.
Briana completed her masters in the fall of 2016 and began her position at Farm Animal Care Training and Auditing (FACTA; www.factallc.com ; a division of Frost PLLC; www.frostpllc.com). She brings with her a solid foundation of animal care and husbandry. This combined with her understanding of current scientific research concerning animal welfare help her to succeed as an animal welfare auditor. Briana is continually advancing her skills and understanding of livestock production in the auditing of many species.
In her spare time, Briana loves spending time with family and friends. She enjoys working on her family’s farm and spending as much time outside as possible.
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