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Kyle  Caires

Name :

Kyle Caires

Title :

Asst Extn Agent

Unit :

Department of Human Nutrition, Food & Animal Sciences

Office :

Kahului Extension Office

Address :

310 Kaahumanu Ave., Bldg. 214
                  Kahului, HI 96732

Phone :

(808)878-1212, ext 27

E-mail :

Website :

Specialties :

Improving Reproductive Performance of Livestock, Genetic Improvement of Livestock, Youth Development in 4-H Livestock Programs, etc.

Professional Prep/Appointments :

B.S. Animal Science, Oregon State University, 2005
M.S. Reproductive Physiology, Washington State University, 2007
Ph.D. Reproductive Genomics/Stem-cell Biology, Washington State University, 2011

Projects :

As an animal scientist, I conduct research with agricultural & biomedical applications, and strive to provide extension programming that supports livestock producers and youth involved in 4H livestock programs. I am thankful for the friendships and collaborations maintained with other scientists, industry stakeholders, and livestock producers in Hawaii, the USA and abroad. 

Research Interests :

  • Reproductive Physiology, Stem Cell Development
  • Quantitative and Molecular Genetics, Genetic Improvement of Livestock
  • Sustainable Livestock Production and Management Practices

Publications :

Refereed Publications

  • Facioli FL, De Marchi F, Marques MG, Michelon PRP, Zanella EL, Caires KC, Reeves JJ, Zanella R. 2020. The Outcome and Economic Viability of Embryo Production Using IVF and SOV Techniques in the Wagyu Breed of Cattle. Vet Sci. 2020 May 1;7(2):58.  
  • Okpeku, M., Peters, S., Imumorin, I., Caires, K., Sharma, V., Wheto, M., Tamang R., Adenaike A.S., Ozoje M.O., Thangaraj, K. 2017. Mitochondrial DNA hypervariable region 1 diversity in Nigerian goats. Animal Genetic Resources/Ressources Génétiques Animales/Recursos Genéticos Animales, 1-1. doi:10.1017/S2078633617000017.
  • Caires, KC. Reproductive success in ruminants: A complex interaction among endocrine, metabolic, and environmental factors. Journal of Animal Science. 2015, 93. doi: 10.2527/jas2015-9045.
  • Kitts-Morgan SE, Caires KC, Bohannon LA, Parsons EI, Hilburn KA. Free-ranging farm cats: home range size and predation on a livestock unit in northwest georgia. PLoS One. 2015 Apr 20;10(3):e0120513. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120513.
  • McSpadden K, Caires K, Zanella R. 2013. The effect of Mycobaterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis exposure on Animal Health. Acta Scientiae Veterinaria, 41(1095)
  • Caires KC, de Avila J, McLean DJ. Endocrine regulation of spermatogonial stem cells in the seminiferous epithelium of adult mice. Bio Res Open Access. 2012 Oct;1(5):222-30. doi: 10.1089/res.2012.0259.
  • Caires KC, Shima CM, de Avila J, McLean DJ. Acute ethanol exposure affects spermatogonial stem cell homeostasis in pre-pubertal mice. Reprod Toxicol. 2012 Jan;33(1):76-84. doi: 10.1016/j.reprotox.2011.12.002. Epub 2011 Dec 14.
  • Caires KC, de Avila JM, Cupp AS, McLean DJ. VEGFA family isoforms regulate spermatogonial stem cell homeostasis in vivo. Endocrinology. 2012 Feb;153(2):887-900. doi: 10.1210/en.2011-1323. Epub 2011 Dec 6.
  • Caires K, Broady J, McLean D. Maintaining the male germline: regulation of spermatogonial stem cells. J Endocrinol. 2010 May;205(2):133-45. doi: 10.1677/JOE-09-0275. Epub 2010 Feb 10. Review.
  • Caires KC, de Avila J, McLean DJ. Vascular endothelial growth factor regulates germ cell survival during establishment of spermatogenesis in the bovine testis. Reproduction. 2009 Oct;138(4):667-77. doi: 10.1530/REP-09-0020. Epub 2009 Jul 24.
  • Caires KC, Schmidt JA, Oliver AP, de Avila J, McLean DJ. Endocrine regulation of the establishment of spermatogenesis in pigs. Reprod Domest Anim. 2008 Jul;43 Suppl 2:280-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0531.2008.01175.x

Extension Bulletins & Publications

• Caires K. 2021. Dallisgrass Offers Benefits But Beware of Ergot Poisoning! (AS-6)
• Yang J, DuPonte M, Vincent D, Caires K, He Y, Correa N, Wall L, Cowell K, Fergerstrom M. 2020. DNA-Based Bull Selection and Artificial Insemination for Grass-Fed Beef Cattle Production. (AS-1)
• Caires K. 2018. Hurricane Preparedness for Livestock. (M-38)
• Caires K. 2018. Judging Beef Cattle and Oral Reasons: Selection for Market Animals and Breeding Stock (AAS-1). 14 pages. Not available for online download.
• Caires K. 2017. Beware of Dallisgrass Staggers. (AS-6) Revised; replaced with new version:
• Caires K, Smith SM, Busboom J, Neibergs JS, Heitstuman M. 2006. Washington State University Lamb 300 Program and Summary. Central Washington Animal Agriculture Team.

Book Chapters


Popular Periodicals 

  • Zanella R, Caires K. 2009. Charolês como base racial ao desencolvimento de uma nova raça mista em combinação com o Wagyu. Campo e Criação (article in Portuguese);
  • Caires K. 2005. OSU Young Cattlemen’s Association Update. Oregon Beef Producer, February Issue, p22-23.
  • Caires K. 2005. College Leaders Educate Youth About the Beef Industry (solicited for Next Generation section). Angus Journal, April Issue, p58.
  • Caires K. 2004. Beef Bowl 2004. Oregon Beef Producer, November Issue, p21.