Bluestem Research Range
The range is managed with either rotational or season-long continuous stocking, and some deferred for winter grazing. Intensive pasture management practices (fertilizer, herbicide and fire) are applied to the introduced pastures. Extensive water developments in both native and introduced pastures allow accessibility to the entire forage base year-round.
The range has a stall barn with the capability to supplement up to 36 cows or stocker cattle. It has an extensive corral and covered cattle handling facility. Our cattle operation is representative of a commercial stocker cattle production facility.
Research capabilities include supplementation studies with individual feeding to measure stocker performance, forage intake and utilization, diet quality, fiber degradation, precision supplementation, and grazing systems research.