Beef Research

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

Frank David (David) Kirkpatrick
Beef Cattle Breeding

Tammy L. McKinley
IT Administrator III

Perry K Pratt
Research Associate I
Beef Cattle

Justin Rhinehart
Assistant Professor
Beef Cattle

Brian Whitlock
Assistant Professor
Field Services, Theriogenology

David McIntosh
Coordinator III
Beef and Forage Center

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

Wesley H. (Wes) Gilliam
Research Specialist II

Adam Hopkins
Extension Area Specialist
Farm Management

Jason Kaleb Smith
Assistant Professor
Extension Beef Cattle Specialist


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

Tobacco, Beef and More Field Day, 6/25/2015



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

Our Fondest Memories: Our Tribute to John Hodges, 7/24/2016

Faculty 360 | Phillip Myer, 6/20/2016


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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

The effect of feeding ferric citrate on rumen microbial communities and methanogenesis in growing beef steers E. A. Melchior, K. E. Hales, A. K. Lindholm-Perry, J. E. Wells, and P. Myer.  2018.  Journal of Animal Science, 96, (Issue suppl_1) 14.

Influence of synchronization of ovulation and pregnancy on concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin in beef heifers.  Lockwood, S. A., H. G. Kattesh, K. Pohler, and J. Rhinehart.  2018.  Journal of Animal Science.

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

Consumer Willingness to Pay for Tennessee Certified Beef Merritt, M.G., K. L. DeLong, A. P. Griffith, and K. L. Jensen.  2018.  Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 50(2):233-254. [Abstract]

Management of native-warm-season grasses for beef cattle and biomass production in the Mid-South USA Backus, W. M., J. C. Waller, G. E. Bates, C. A. Harper, A. M. Saxton, D. McIntosh, J. Birkhead, and P. D. Keyser.  2017.  Journal of Animal Science, 95:3142-3153.

Influence of post-weaning management system during the finishing phase on grasslands or feedlot on aiming to improvement of the beef cattle production Barbero, R. P., E. B. Malheiros, R. N. Oakes, J. T. Mulliniks, L. M. Deviatti, J. F. W. Koscheck, E. P. Romanzini, A. C. Ferrari, D. M. Renesto, T. T. Berchielli, A. C. Ruggieri, and R. A. Reis.  2017.  Agricultural Systems.

Optimal Milk Production for Cows in Beef Cattle Production.  Boyer, C., S. E. Edwards, J. D. Hobbs, J. T. Mulliniks, and A. P. Griffith.  2017.  Southern Agricultural Economics Association annual meeting, Mobile, AL. February 4-7, 2017..

Impacts of estrus expression and intensity during a fixed-time AI protocol on parameters associated with fertility and pregnancy success in beef cows.  Cooke, R. F., A. D. P. Rodrigues, R. S. Cirpriano, L. G. T. da Silva, R. L. A. Cerri, L. H. Cruppe, M. Meneghetti, K. Pohler, and J. L. M Vasconcelos.  2017.  Journal of Animal Science.

Using Pregnancy-Associated Glycoprotein (PAG) on Day 24 As Marker for Pregnancy on Beef Cattle.  Dantas, F. G., K. E. Zechiel, S. T. Reese, G. A. Franco, J. Rhinehart, and K. Pohler.  2017.  Journal of Animal Science, Southern Section Meetings, Franklin, TN.

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. Smith, and K. Pohler.  2017.  IETS. [Abstract]

Profitability of Retained Ownership: Tennessee Beef Evaluation DeLong, K. L., A. P. Griffith, M. Tang, D. M. Lambert, and C. Boyer.  2017.  University of Tennessee Extension Publication, W 427-A.

Summary of Profitability of Retained Ownership: Tennessee Beef Evaluation DeLong, K. L., A. P. Griffith, M. Tang, D. M. Lambert, and C. Boyer.  2017.  University of Tennessee Extension Publication, W 427-B.