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.
Beef cattle farming is Tennessee’s top agricultural commodity. Some producers provide a valuable service by running “stocker” or “backgrounding” operations.
Experts with UT's Institute of Agriculture believe switchgrass is nutritious for farm animals, and environmentally friendly.
Tennessee is having one of its driest years ever. The National Drought Mitigation Center reports the entire state is experiencing moderate to severe drought.
Most barns are square or rectangular, painted red, and with a loft to store hay. But now some Tennessee farmers are looking at a more-modern day barn built to last a long time.
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.
It’s a common site on Tennessee farmland – a grazing herd of goats or sheep. But for small animal farmers, their herds can sometimes face health risks.
It's been a challenging year for Tennessee agriculture, with hot, dry weather coming at a time when crops needed better growing conditions.
Groups and Facilities
UT Beef and Forage Center
Facilitating research and communication to advance the Tennessee Beef and Forage industry.
Insects & Plant Diseases
Biological and cultural control, resistant cultivars, and integrated pest management.
UT Soil, Plant, and Pest Center
Soil, media, forage, and grain testing; Insect and plant disease identification; Manure and plant tissue analysis
Metabolizable protein supply alters pregnancy and subsequent retention rate during heifer development while grazing winter forage.
Mulliniks, J. T., D. E. Hawkins, K. K. Kane, E. J. Scholljegerdes, L. A. Torell, and M. K. Petersen. 2013.
Journal of Animal Science, 91:1409-1416.
Using small grain pasture for winter forage.
Bates, G. E. 2009.
August UT newsarticle.
Using Switchgrass for Forage.
Bates, G. E., P. D. Keyser, C. A. Harper, and J. C. Waller. 2007.
University of Tennessee Biofuels Initiative Factsheet, SP701-B. 4 pp.
Immature Soybeans for Cattle Forage.
Neel, J. B. 2007.
Info Series: AS-B-356. Department of Animal Science. UT Extension.