Research

 NC Cattlemen's Industry assessment supported Research

Funded research in: feed efficiency, forage yield, quality and management.

Also, grazing stockpiled fescue and determining need to supplement. Predicting intake in grazing cattle to allow for more efficient management of cattle and forage. Relationship of performance and hair shedding, as well as artificial insemination synchronization comparison.

2011

Improving Efficiency of Feed Utilization in Beef Cows


The relationship between hair coat shedding and performance

 

Overseeding winter, annual legumes into Berudagrass:  Forage Yield, quality and impact of subsequent hay crop.

 

Level of supplemental concentrate for growing heifers grazing stockpiled fescue or fed hay

 

Predicting intake in grazing cattle

 

Comparison of fixed timed AI protocols for beef heifers

 

2012

Improving Efficiency of Feed Utilization in Beef Cows

 

The relationship between hair coat shedding and performance

 

Understanding the Interrelationship of Fescue Toxins and Heat Stress in Cattle

 

Intake preferences in grazing cattle

 

Fertility of postpartum beef cows following estrus synchronization

 

Seeding Marshall rygrass with and without Dixie Crimson clover.  Impact on forage yield and quality.

 

Supplementation of growing yearling heifers grazing stockpiled fescue or fed hay

 

Comparison of used CIDR for use in estrous synchronization protocols.

 

Alternative weaning strategies in calves in North Carolina

 

2013

Improving Efficiency of Feed Utilization in Beef Cows

 

Alternative weaning strategies in calves in North Carolina

 

Seeding Marshall ryegrass with and without Dixie Crimson clover.  Impact on forage yield and quality.

 

Use of Progesterone Supplementation to Improve Pregnancy Rates in Cattle Consuming Endophyte Infected Fescue.

Affects of Fescue Toxicosis on blood supply to the reproductive tract in cattle.

 

Supplemental Protein Tubs and increased Forage allowance as strategies to improve reproductive performance for developing heifers strip grazing stockpiled fescue.

 

Monitoring for Trichomoniasis in NC Cow Calf operations.

 

2014

 

Alternative Weaning Methods for calves

 

Seeding Marshall ryegrass with and without Dixie Crimson clover.  Impact on forage yield and quality.

 

Supplemental Protein Tubs and increased Forage allowance as strategies to improve reproductive performance for developing heifers strip grazing stockpiled fescue.

 

The effects of frequency of energy supplementation during preconditioning on growth and immunity of beef steers.

 

Metabolize protein supply during a 45 day preconditioning program, and its effects on immune response and growth performance of stressed, post weaned beef calves.

 

2015

 

Decreased function of sweat glands in cattle response to fescue toxicosis.

 

Growth performance and immune response of beef calves born to dams that experienced short term energy restriction during late gestation.

 

Calf response to alternate weaning strategies.

 

Impact of Fescue Toxicosis on ovarian follicle growth and development in cattle.

 

Reproduction performance of naïve beef heifers exposed to endophyte infected tall fescue.

 

Improving soil health on beef farms.  Research to determine the soil benefits of a balanced forage system.

 

2016

 

Calf response to alternate weaning strategies.

 

Impact of Fescue Toxicosis on ovarian follicle growth and development in cattle.

 

Response of Preconditioning Beef Calves

 

Growth and Vaccine Response of Beef Calves Born to Cows that were Fed Whole Cottonseed at Multiple Frequencies during Late-Gestation.

 

Investigating Potential Mechanisms of Genetic Resistance of Fescue Toxicosis in Beef Cattle.

 

Gradual Reduction in Frequency of Concentrate Supplementation and its effects on Growth and Immunity of Preconditioning Beef Calves.

 

 

 

2017

 

Impact of Protein Supplementation on Health and Performance of Weaned Beef Calves consuming Endophyte Infected Tall Fescue.

 

Improving Reproductive Success in Replacement Heifers

 

Developing Renovation Strategies for Toxic Infected Tall Fescue that Best Manages for Profitability, Animal Performance and Soil Health of the Production System.

 

Effects of Starch level fed to cattle during Pasture Finishing on Growth, Carcass Traits and Meat Quality.

 

Does the addition of ovulation stimulating factor improve artificial insemination pregnancy rates.

 

2018

 

Developing Renovation Strategies for Toxic Infected Tall Fescue that Best Manages for Profitability, Animal Performance and Soil Health of the Production System.

 

Comparing Vaccination program efficacy during weaning and transportation stress in beef calves.

 

Impact of weaning strategy on onset of puberty in heifers.

 

Does the presence of a Corpus Luteum (CL) at the start of Estrus Synchronization Affect AI Pregnancy rates in Beef Cattle.

 

Examine three long term impact of Ergot Alkaloids on Fetal Heifer Development and Subsequent Growth and Reproduction Performance.

 

Does Exposure to Endophyte infected Tall Fescue during Mid-Gestation increase Maternal Stress and Alter Fetal Developement.