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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 na├»ve 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

2019

  • Utilizing Craft Brewing Side Streams of Trub, Hops, and Yeast Mix (THYM) as a Novel Feed Additive and an Alternative to Monensin in Beef Cattle Diets
  • Forage Distribution, Yield, and Nutritive Value of 5 Commercially Available Crabgrass Varieties Established Either Broadcasted or No-Till Drilled  

  • Determination of Cow and Calf Stress Associated with Different Weaning Strategies  

  • Comparison of Stocker Cattle Performance on Two Double-Crop Forage Systems  

  • Setting the Cycle for Reproductive Success in Postpartum Beef Cows   Whole Cottonseed and Cotton Gin Byproduct for Beef Cattle      

2020
  • Assessing Yield, Quality, and Suitability of Tall Fescue Varieties in NC  

  • Setting the Cycle for Reproductive Success with a Presynchronization Program in Postpartum  

  • What Are the Long Term Effects of Ergot Alkaloids Exposure During Gestation on Heifer Growth and Reproductive Performance  

  • Use of Progesterone Supplementation to Improve Pregnancy Rates in Spring Calving Herds Consuming Endophyte-infected Fescue 

  •  Impact of Fescue Toxicosis on Bovine Follicle Development  

2021  

  • Developing Recommendations for Calf and Cow Mortality Composting in North Carolina to assist on-farm Mortality Management  

  • Comparing Multi-Year Effects of Tall Fescue Renovation Strategies that Best Manages for Profitability, Animal Performance, and Soil and Forage Health of the Production System 

  •  Impact of Winter-Annual Nurse Crops on Fescue and Orchardgrass Establishment 

  •  Examine the Impact of Chronic Exposure ot Endophyte Infected Fescue on Pulmonary Arterial Pressure in Replacement Beef Heifers  

  • Enhancing our Date Collection Technology Resources at the Upper Piedmont Research Station     

 2022 

  •  Comparing Multi-Year Effects of Tall Fescue Renovation Strategies that Best Manages for Profitability, Animal Performance, and Soil and Forage Health of the Production System 
  •  Impact of Winter-Annual Nurse Crops on Fescue and Orchardgrass Establishment  

  • Assessing Yield, Quality and Sustainability of Tall Fescue Varieties in NC 

  •  Upcycling Wet Brewer's Grains as a High Quality Feed for Growing Beef Cattle  

  • Multi-Species Grazing Opportunities for Beef Producers Grazing Perennial and Annual Forages