Cattle Research

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George F. Grandle
Associate Professor, Post retirement appointment
Livestock Production Systems

Adam Hopkins
Extension Area Specialist
Farm Management

Frank David (David) Kirkpatrick
Beef Cattle Breeding

Tammy L. McKinley
IT Administrator III

John Travis (Travis) Mulliniks
Assistant Professor
Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management

Perry K. Pratt
Research Associate I
Beef Cattle

Justin Rhinehart
Assistant Professor
Beef Cattle

Jason Kaleb Smith
Assistant Professor
Extension Beef Cattle Specialist

Brian Whitlock
Assistant Professor
Field Services, Theriogenology

Michael John De Veth
Assistant Professor
Bioactive compound influence on dairy cattle

Groups and Facilities

(4 mentions)

UT Beef and Forage Center 
Facilitating research and communication to advance the Tennessee Beef and Forage industry.


Plateau Center Announces Fall Cattle Sale, 11/20/2015

UT Plateau AgResearch Center to hold November cattle sale, 11/21/2014

Annual UT Plateau Center cattle sale, 11/22/2013



AgResearch Faculty and Staff Presented with Awards at 2017 UTIA Luncheon, 11/8/2017

A New Generation of Faculty, 8/2/2017

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center, 5/6/2017

Beef Heifer Development Center–One Year Later, 12/29/2016

2016 Director's Awards Recipients Announced, 12/22/2016

2016 AgResearch Faculty Awards, 10/6/2016

Promotion and Tenure 2016, 9/29/2016

Faculty 360 | Phillip Myer, 6/20/2016

Five Things You Didn't Know about the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 5/24/2016

Five Things You Didn’t Know about the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 2/25/2016


(24 mentions)

Stocker Cattle 
Beef cattle farming is Tennessee’s top agricultural commodity. Some producers provide a valuable service by running “stocker” or “backgrounding” operations.

(18 mentions)

Cattle Sell-Off 
Some livestock barns are selling three and four times the usual number of cattle, but that’s not necessarily positive. Many producers have been forced to sell because of drought.

(16 mentions)

Beef Cattle 
Beef cattle farming is Tennessee’s number one farm commodity - and herd reproductive health is critical. UT’s Institute of Agriculture is working on research to boost cattle pregnancy rates.

(14 mentions)

Forage Research 
UT researchers are looking for the best forage for cattle to produce high quality beef. The goal is to grow hay for cattle in the hot, dry months of summer – when fields are usually barren.

(14 mentions)

Preventing Nitrate Toxicity in Cattle 
UT experts talk about the danger of nitrate toxicity and how you can prevent it on your farm.

(7 mentions)

Cattle Facility 
Beef cattle farming is Tennessee's top agricultural commodity - generating nearly 600 million dollars each year.

(6 mentions)

It's been a challenging year for Tennessee agriculture, with hot, dry weather coming at a time when crops needed better growing conditions.

(6 mentions)

Tennessee AgrAbility 
Living with a disability can be challenging, but imagine the difficulty if you’re a farmer. Now there’s a program to help disabled producers with their equipment, farm management, and overall outlook.

(4 mentions)

Heifer Development 
Tennessee's beef producers are looking to turn dropping cattle numbers around with a new focus on cattle reproduction.

(2 mentions)

Livestock Research 
It's a problem for Tennessee farmers who produce our top commodity -- beef cattle. Insects such as flies cause serious health problems for their animals, and reduce product quality for consumers.


Recent Publications

Antimicrobial Resistance of Staphylococcus aureus Isolates from Dairy Cows and Genetic Diversity of Resistant Isolates Abdi, R. D., B. E. Gillespie, J. M. Vaughn, C. E. Merill, S. I. Headrick, D. B. Ensermu, D. H. D'Souza, R. A. Almeida, S. P. Oliver, G. E. Agga, and O. Kerro Dego.  2018.  Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, Foodborne Pathog Dis. 2018 Jul;15(7):449-458. [Abstract]

Cattle producer willingness to afforest pastureland and sequester carbon.  Claytor, H., C. D. Clark, D. M. Lambert, and K. L. Jensen.  2018.  Forest Policy and Economics, 92(2018): 43-54.

Biochemical and Microbial Biomarkers Mediating Feed Efficiency in Cattle.  Clemmons, B. A.  2018.  M.S. Thesis.

Altering the gut microbiome of cattle: Considerations of host-microbiome interactions for persistent microbiome manipulation Clemmons, B. A., B. H. Voy, and P. Myer.  2018.  Microbial Ecology.

Beef Cattle Farmers’ Marketing Preferences for Selling Local Beef.  DeLong, K. L., K. L. Jensen, A. P. Griffith, and E. McLeod.  2018.  Agribusiness: an International Journal.

Tennessee Beef Producers' Willingness to Participate in a State Branded Beef Program E. McLeod, K. L. Jensen, A. P. Griffith, and K. L. DeLong.  2018.  Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics. [Abstract]

Basis Estimates for Feeder Cattle and Fed Cattle.  Griffith, A. P., and R. G. Bowling.  2018.  University of Tennessee Extension Publication, D 34.

Tennessee Beef Cattle Farmers’ Preferences Regarding Marketing Tennessee Certified Beef.  Jensen, K. L., A. P. Griffith, K. L. DeLong, and E. McLeod.  2018.  Paper 2018 Southern Agricultural Economics Association Meetings, Jacksonville, FL. Feb 2-6, 2018..

Native Grasses – Practical Strategies for Restoration by Cattlemen in the Southeast.  Keyser, P. D.  2018.  Society for Range Management. [Abstract]

Evaluation of Five Warm-season Forages for Beef Cattle Production.  Keyser, P. D., G. E. Bates, A. J. Ashworth, and C. Boyer.  2018.  American Forage and Grasslands Council. [Abstract]

Tennessee Beef Producers’ Willingness to Participate in a State Branded Beef Program McLeod, E., K. L. Jensen, A. P. Griffith, and K. L. DeLong.  2018.  Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 50(4):579-601. [Abstract]

Influences of Red Clover Isoflavones on Mitigating Tall Fescue Toxicosis in Beef Cattle.  Melchior, E. A.  2018.  M.S. Thesis.