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Wesley H (Wes) Gilliam
Research Specialist II


Spring Holstein Heifer Sale, 3/11/2017



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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.


Recent Publications

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.

Pregnancy Associated Glycoprotein (PAG) concentrations at day 24 gestation from heifers predicted to maintain pregnancy.  Reese, S. T., M. C. Pereira, J. L. M. Vasconcelos, and K. Pohler.  2017.  Journal of Animal Science, Southern Section Meetings, Franklin, TN.

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.

Association of DRD2 with Gr owth and Performance Traits in Cattle Grazing Endophyte-Infected Tall Fescue Jennings, K., C. J. Kojima, S. Pratt, and C. Burnett.  2016.  Journal of Animal Science, Vol. 94 Suppl. 1.

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.

Why Use Native Warm-season Grasses? Heifer Development.  Keyser, P. D.  2016.  FWF Update Newsletter, Jan/Feb 2016.

The Cost of Feeding Bred Dairy Heifers on Native Warm-Season Grasses and Harvested Feedstuffs Lowe II, J.K., C. Boyer, A. P. Griffith, J. C. Waller, G. E. Bates, P. D. Keyser, J. A. Larson, and E. D. Holcomb.  2016.  Journal of Dairy Science, 99:634-643.

Heifer development using stockpiled, dormant native forages delays gain without altering reproductive performance.  McFarlane, Z. D., J. D. Hobbs, E. R. Cope, R. N. Oakes, and J. T. Mulliniks.  2016.  Joint Annual Meeting ADSA-ASAS – Salt Lake City/UT.

Retained Ownership Profitability of Beef Cattle Originating in Tennessee Minfeng Tang  2016.  M.S. Thesis.

Developing replacement heifers that get pregnant and maintain pregnancy.  Pohler, K., M. C. Pereira, S. T. Reese, and J. L. M. Vasconcelos.  2016.  Journal of Animal Science, ASAS- ADAS Joint Annual Meeting. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Pregnancy Associated Glycoproteins (PAGs) in high vs subfertility heifers.  Reese, S.T., T. W. Geary, G. A. Franco, M. E. Wehrman, P. J. Hansen, T. E. Spencer, and K. Pohler.  2016.  Biology of Reproduction, Society for the Study of Reproduction Annual Meeting. San Diego, California.

Metabolic and reproductive characteristics of replacement beef heifers subjected to an early-weaning regimen involving high-concentrate feeding.  Zezeski, A. L., V. L. McCracken, R. K. Poole, A. A. Naib, J. Smith, M. A. McCann, and M. L. Rhoads.  2016.  Animal., 1-6.