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Brad S. Fisher
Research Associate I
Row Crops, Forages, Fruits, Vegetables

Patrick D. (Pat) Keyser
Native grasslands management

David McIntosh
Coordinator III
Beef and Forage Center

Renata Nave Oakes
Assistant Professor
Forage Systems and Management

Groups and Facilities

13 mentions

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

2 mentions

Center for Native Grasslands Management 
Research includes forage production, biofuels production, restoration of native grassland communities, and wildlife conservation.

1 mention

UT Soil, Plant, and Pest Center 
Soil, media, forage, and grain testing; Insect and plant disease identification; Manure and plant tissue analysis


Tobacco & Forage Production Field Day, 7/21/2016

Fall Forage Field Day, 9/9/2014

Tobacco & Forage Production Field Day, 7/17/2014

Twilight Forage Tour, 7/10/2014

Annual Meeting of Forage Producers to Address Quality Issues, 11/8/2013

Twilight Forage Tour, 7/30/2013

Beef and Forage, 6/13/2013



New Forage Analysis Method will Better Serve Tennessee Livestock Producers, 8/22/2014


8 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.

3 mentions

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

3 mentions

Switchgrass Forage 
Experts with UT's Institute of Agriculture believe switchgrass is nutritious for farm animals, and environmentally friendly.

2 mentions

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

2 mentions

Tennessee is having one of its driest years ever. The National Drought Mitigation Center reports the entire state is experiencing moderate to severe drought.

1 mention

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.

1 mention

Quonset Barn 
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.

1 mention

Hay Auction 
As fall approaches, Tennessee farmers must stock up on hay to feed their cattle through the winter. But sometimes a year of iffy rainfall may force animal owners to look beyond their farms for forage.

1 mention

Native Grasslands 
Native grasses make up an important contribution to overall forage production and UTIA is working to help this critical part of our state's cattle industry and Ag economy.

1 mention

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

1 mention

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.

1 mention

Bee Research 
Researchers at the UT Institute of Agriculture are exploring reasons behind the decline of the honeybee population, including how agricutural pesticides might affect these beneficial insects.


Recent Publications

Landscape and pesticide effects on honey bees: forager survival and expression of acetylcholinesterase and brain oxidative genes.  Alburaki, M., S. J. Steckel, E. McDermott, M. Weiss, J. A. Skinner, H. M. Kelly, et al., and S. D. Stewart.  2017.  Apidologie.

Managing Native Grass Forages: Using Native Grasses in Grass Finished Beef, February 2017.  Keyser, P. D.  2017.  Beef and Forage Center monthly web article, Feb 2017, February, 2017.

Managing Native Grass Forages: Grazing Native Grasses – How Difficult Is It?.  Keyser, P. D.  2017.  Beef and Forage Center monthly web article, Sept 2017.

Effect of forage species and supplement type on rumen kinetics and serum metabolites in developing beef heifers grazing winter forage.  McFarlane, Z. D., R. P. Barbero, R. N. Oakes, and J. T. Mulliniks.  2017.  American Society of Animal Science Annual Conference.

Effect of low-input heifer development strategy on growth and reproductive performance grazing stockpiled forages.  Z. D. Mcfarlane, R. N. Oakes, and J. T. Mulliniks.  2017.  Proceedings from the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science.

Diet of and Prey Availability for Reintroduced Juvenile Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) in Ft. Loudoun Reservoir, Tennessee Amacker, T. M.  2016.  M.S. Thesis.

Forage and field crop seeding guide Bates, G. E., and C. A. Harper.  2016.  Extension publication PB 378.

Host animal genetic influence in rumen microbial community establishment in cows.  Clemmons, B. A., J. T. Mulliniks, D. R. Donohoe, and P. Myer.  2016.  UT Beef and Forage Center Graduate Research and Poster Symposium, UT Beef and Forage Center Annual Research and Recommendation Meeting. Knoxville, TN.

Forage Nutritive Value and Herbage Mass Relationship of Four Warm-Season Grasses Gelley, C. H., R. N. Oakes, and G. E. Bates.  2016.  Agronomy Journal.

Effects of Aminocyclopyrachlor plus Metsulfuron on Tall Fescue Yield, Forage Quality, and Ergot Alkaloid Concentration. Weed Technology 30:171-180.  Israel, T. D., G. E. Bates, T. C. Mueller, J. C. Waller, and G. N. Rhodes.  2016.  Weed Technology.

UT Schedules Horse Hay Field Days; Two Events Highlight Forage and Nutrition Information for Horse Owners and Business Operators.  Ivey, J. L.  2016.  UTIA News Packet.

Managing Native Grass Forages: Why Use Native Warm-season Grasses? Heifer Development.  Keyser, P. D.  2016.  Beef and Forage Center, monthly web article, Jan 2016.