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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Pasture Finished Beef Systems for Appalachia
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Pasture Based Beef Systems for Appalachia


The University of Georgia, Athens; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg; West Virginia University, Morgantown.


AFSRC Contact: Dr. William M. Clapham




1.Develop forage sequences and combinations for cow-calf, heifer development, stocker and finishing systems to deliver optimal nutritive value for efficient production of cattle for pasture finishing.


2.Optimize forage systems to produce consumer acceptable pasture finished beef, and define carcass merit and meat quality as a function of pasture-based systems.


3.Develop risk analyses of forage-based beef production systems and market demand to assess production feasibility.



Multi-site implementation of this project enables the consortium to share resources as well as deliver answers to relevant questions to a large audience. This project will benefit the small Appalachian cattle producers, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), members of the respective State Cattleman's Associations, American Forage and Grassland Councils, Farm Bureaus, and Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and ultimately the consumer.  All phases of beef production occur in the Appalachian Region including cow-calf, stocker, heifer replacement, and pasture/hay-based beef finishing.  The clientele (representing part- and some full-time, family-operated farms) manage between 50 and 500 acres of mixed land use including pasture and woodland.



Last Modified: 12/2/2004
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