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College or University: Langston University (LU), Langston, OK

Description of Program or Activity: Cooperative research on funded 1890 Institution Teaching and Research Capacity Building Grant to develop and evaluate a system to predict the grazing activity energy cost for meat goats.

Outcome/Impact: Gaining an understanding of energy expenditure during grazing, its origins, and how it relates to grazing behaviors should lead to use of such behaviors in field conditions to aid in making practical grazing management decisions in order to achieve most efficient use of forage resources without adverse environmental impacts. This is of special interest because of the increasing importance of sustainable grazing ruminant production systems to food supplies of the US as well as developing countries of the world. This is the first year of a three-year study.

Management Unit: Appalachian Farming Systems Research Center, Beaver, WV

POC: Kenneth E. Turner, Research Animal Scientist/Lead Scientist—(304) 256-2843

 

College or University: Virginia State University (VSU), Petersburg, VA

Description of Program or Activity: Cooperative research via SCA to evaluate feeding and grazing strategies for control of gastrointestinal parasites in meat goats.

Outcome/Impact: Identification of alternative plant materials, feeding strategies, and grazing strategies that promote effective gastrointestinal parasite control, animal health, and production goals will enhance existing research-based management guidelines and improve economic benefits for small farm producers. Research is ongoing.

Management Unit: Appalachian Farming Systems Research Center, Beaver, WV

POC: Kenneth E. Turner, Research Animal Scientist/Lead Scientist—(304) 256-2843

 

College or University: West Virginia State University (WVSU), Institute, WV

Description of Program or Activity: Cooperative research on improving soils for amenity grass production in Appalachia.

Outcome/Impact: Specific Cooperative Agreement established for research on constructed soils starting in FY 2006 as part of the National Turfgrass Initiative. A postdoctoral soil scientist has been hired (start date March 1, 2006) and is currently initiating laboratory and field experiments. Joint research will (a) develop specifications for physical and chemical soil characteristics for specified amenity grass uses and (b) test approaches for meeting these specifications using agricultural and/or industrial by-products as soil amendments. Successful completion of this research will provide critical information needed to improve management of soil physical/chemical properties for amenity grass production. Research is ongoing.

Management Unit: Appalachian Farming Systems Research Center, Beaver, WV

POC: Richard Zobel, Plant Physiologist/Lead Scientist – (304) 256-2825


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