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



AgResearch Faculty and Staff Presented with Awards at 2019 UTIA Luncheon, 11/29/2019

Highlights from the Field - October 2019, 11/24/2019

Promotion and Tenure 2019, 11/12/2019

UT Plateau AgResearch Center to Host Online Auction for Fall Cattle Sale, 10/14/2019

Position Announcement - Center Director Greeneville, 7/12/2019

Israeli and UTIA Scientists Receive Grant to Study Bovine Mastitis in Dairy Cows, 2/18/2019

The Hat, 1/17/2019

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


(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

Supplementation level increasing dry matter intake of beef cattle grazing low herbage height.  Barbero, R. P., E. B. Malheiros, N. M. Aguilar, E. P. Romanzini, A. C. Ferrari, R. N. Oakes, J. T. Mulliniks, and R. A. Reis.  2020.  Journal of Applied Animal Science.

Galectin gene expression in the elongating bovine conceptus.  Baldwin, H. L., L. F. Grose, and D. J. Mathew.  2019.  Journal of Dairy Science. [Abstract]

Seasonal Prices for Tennessee Feeder Cattle and Cows.  Bowling, R. G.  2019.  The University of Tennessee Extension Publications, D39 February 2019.

Improving Beef Cattle Profitability by Changing Calving Season Length.  Boyer, C., A. P. Griffith, and K. G. Pohler.  2019.  Journal of Applied Farm Economics.

Cattle Producers Drought Response in the Fescue Belt.  Boyer, C., A. P. Griffith, D. M. Lambert, C. D. Clark, and B. C. English.  2019.  Southern Region Water Conference, College Station, TX, July 23-25, 2019.

Pasture Management Influence on Amount of Hay Fed to Beef Cattle.  Boyer, C., A. P. Griffith, D. M. Lambert, C. D. Clark, and B. C. English.  2019.  Southern Agricultural Economics Association annual meeting, Birmingham, AL. February 2-5, 2019.

Seasonal Hay Feeding for Cattle Production in the Fescue Belt Boyer, C., D. M. Lambert, A. P. Griffith, C. D. Clark, and B. C. English.  2019.  Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, pp 1-14. [Abstract]

Risk and Returns from Grazing Beef Cattle on Warm-Season Grasses in Tennessee.  Boyer, C., K. Zechiel, P. D. Keyser, J. Rhinehart, and G. E. Bates.  2019.  Agronomy Journal.

Impact of perennial warm-season grass forages on profitability of tall fescue-based beef cattle operations.  Brazil, K., P. D. Keyser, A. P. Griffith, C. Boyer, J. T. Mulliniks, and G. E. Bates.  2019.  American Forage and Grasslands Council Annual Meeting, January 6-9, 2019, St. Louis, MO., poster.

Determining the Optimal Start-up Strategy for a Cow-Calf Producer to Maximize Long-Term Profitability and Minimize Risk Bruhin, J.  2019.  M.S. Thesis. University of Tennessee, 2019. [Abstract]

Rumen Bacteria and Serum Metabolites Predictive of Feed Efficiency Phenotypes in Beef Cattle Clemmons, B. A., C. Martino, J. B. Powers, S. R. Campagna, B. H. Voy, D. R. Donohoe, J. Gaffney, M. M. Embree, and P. Myer.  2019.  Scientific Reports, 9:19265.

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.  2019.  Journal of Animal Science, 97(4):1478-1490.