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, 10/10/2019

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



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

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

Commendations Corner - July 2019, 7/9/2019

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


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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

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.

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.  2020.  Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 52(1), 16-29. [Abstract]

Rumen Fluid Metabolomics of Beef Steers Differing in Feed Efficiency Clemmons, B. A., J. B. Powers, S. R. Campagna, T. B. Seay, M. M. Embree, and P. Myer.  2020.  Metabolomics, 16:23.

Uterine and vaginal bacteria and cytokine profiles prior to artificial insemination between resulting pregnant and open postpartum beef cows.  Poole, R. K., T. B. Ault, P. Myer, and K. G. Pohler.  2020.  ASAS Southern Section Annual Meeting, Chattanooga, TN.

Bacterial communities of the uterus and vagina between resulting pregnant and non-pregnant postpartum beef cows Ault, T. B., B. A. Clemmons, S. T. Reese, F. G. Dantas, L. Schneider, T. P. L. Smith, J. L. Edwards, and P. Myer.  2019.  Journal of Animal Science, 97(Supplement 2)49. ASAS Midwest Annual Meeting. Omaha, NE.

87 Bacterial communities of the uterus and vagina between resulting pregnant and non-pregnant postpartum beef cows Ault, T., B. Clemmons, S. Reese, G. A. Franco, F. G. Dantas, L. Schneider, T. P. L. Smith, J. L. Edwards, P. Myer, and K. G. Pohler.  2019.  Journal of Animal Science.

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

Reproductive Failure’s Impact on Beef Cow Profitability.  Boyer, C., A. P. Griffith, and K. L. DeLong.  2019.  Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

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.

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.

Supplemental proteins impact on uterine environment characteristics in developing beef heifers from weaning through breeding Brandt, K. J., T. B. Seay, P. Myer, L. Schneider, and K. McLean.  2019.  UTIA Graduate Research and Poster Symposium, UTBFC Annual Research and Recommendation Meeting, Knoxville, TN.

Avian Density and Nest Survival and Beef Production on Continuously- Grazed Native Warm-Season Grass Pastures.  Brazil, K.  2019.  Ph.D. Dissertation.