Beef Research

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Wesley H. (Wes) Gilliam
Research Specialist III

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

David McIntosh
Coordinator III
Beef and Forage Center

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

Charlie G. Stogner
Beef Cattle Supervisor
TN Beef Hefer Development Program

Brian Whitlock
Assistant Professor
Field Services, Theriogenology


Northeast Tennessee Beef Expo, 10/11/2018

Grass-Fed Beef Workshop Scheduled for West Tennessee, 8/14/2018

Tobacco, Beef and More Field Day, 6/21/2018

Northeast Tennessee Beef Expo, 10/12/2017

Tobacco, Beef and More Field Day, 6/22/2017

Northeast Tennessee Beef Expo, 10/13/2016

Tobacco, Beef and More Field Day, 6/23/2016

Southeast Tennessee Beef Summit, 4/29/2016

New Conference for Those Interested in Producing Grass-Fed Beef, 3/17/2016

Northeast Tennessee Beef Expo, 10/8/2015



The Hat, 1/17/2019

Trade Agreement with Japan Is Crucial for U.S. Beef Industry, 7/26/2018

Researchers Examine Feasibility of a Tennessee Certified Beef Program, 4/27/2018

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

Answers to Farmers’ Questions, 10/22/2016

Promotion and Tenure 2016, 9/29/2016

Fall 2016 Upcoming Events, 9/17/2016


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

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


Recent Publications

Beef Cattle Farmers’ Marketing Preferences for Selling Local Beef.  DeLong, K. L., K. L. Jensen, A. P. Griffith, and E. McLeod.  2019.  Agribusiness: an International Journal.

Effects of endophyte-infected tall fescue seed and red clover isoflavones on rumen microbial populations and physiological parameters of beef cattle Melchior, E.A., J. K. Smith, L. Schneider, J. T. Mulliniks, G. E. Bates, M. D. Flythe, J. L. Klotz, J. Huihua, J. P. Goodman, A. R. Lee, J. M. Caldwell, and P. Myer.  2019.  Translational Animal Science, 3:316–328.

Maximizing Microbes: Improving feed efficiency and nutrition for sustainable beef Myer, P.  2019.  Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation (SoAR), Invited article.

Evaluation of bacterial communities in the uterus and vagina between resulting pregnant and non-pregnant postpartum beef cows Ault, T. B., B. A. Clemmons, P. Myer, and K. Pohler.  2018.  UT Beef and Forage Center Graduate Research and Poster Symposium, UT Beef and Forage Center Annual Research and Recommendation Meeting. Knoxville, TN.

Occurrence of proximal droplets in performance-tested beef bulls.  Bartenslager, Z.  2018.  M.S. Thesis.

Occurrence of proximal droplets in performance-tested beef bulls.  Bartenslager, Z., L. G. Strickland, F. D. Kirkpatrick, J. L. Edwards, K. Pohler, A. M. Saxton, L. Schneider, J. K. Smith, and F. N. Schrick.  2018.  Proceedings Theriogenology Conference.

Beef production is good for Mother Nature.  Bates, G. E.  2018.  TCA Cattle Business - November.

Simulated Calving Season Length Impact on Beef Cattle Profitability.  Boyer, C., and A. P. Griffith.  2018.  Agricultural and Applied Economics Association annual meeting,.

Assessment of semen quality and fertility in young growing beef bulls exposed to ergot alkaloids Burnett, C. R., S. L. Pratt, N. M. Long, G. S. Sell, and F. N. Schrick.  2018.  Theriogenology, Theriogenology Volume 118, 15 September 2018, Pages 219-224.

Maternal nutrition and stage of early pregnancy in beef heifers: Impacts on hexose and AA concentrations in maternal and fetal fluids.  Crouse, M. S., N. P. Greseth, K. McLean, M. R. Crosswhite, N. Negrin-Pereira, A. K. Ward, L. P. Reynolds, C. R. Dahlen, B. W. Neville, P. P. Borowicz, and J. S. Caton.  2018.  Journal of Animal Science.

Effect of complexed trace minerals on oocyte and embryo production in beef cattle.  Dantas, F. G., R. V. Oliveira, R. S. Carvalho, G. A. Franco, S. T. Reese, C. R. Abbott, R. R. Payton, J. Russell, J. L. Edwards, J. K. Smith, and K. Pohler.  2018.  IETS.

Effect of complexed trace minerals on cumulus-oocyte complex recovery and embryo production in beef cattle.  Dantas, F., F. Oliveira, R. Carvalho, G. Franco, S. Reese, C. Abbott, R. R. Payton, J. L. Edwards, J. Russell, J. K. Smith, and K. Pohler.  2018.  Journal of Animal Science.