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Richard C Waterman

Research Animal Scientist


Dr. Richard Waterman

Research Animal Scientist -
Range Animal Nutrition
243 Fort Keogh Road
Miles City, MT 59301-4016

Phone: (406) 874-8208
Fax: (406) 874-8289 

Biographical Information:

Richard conducts research to improve the nutritional reproductive efficiency for range livestock. Research identifies limiting nutrients found in rangeland forages and establishes optimal times for strategic or target supplementation strategies. His research focuses on the efficiency of nutrient use and how more of the dietary nutrients can be retained in range livestock instead of being secreted back to the environment. Collaboration with other scientists involves improving range conditions for grazing animals to supplying consistent high quality livestock products for the customer.


Richard's Full Publication List

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Educational Background:

  • BS - Animal Science (science concentration) - Colorado State University - 1998
  • MS - Animal Science - New Mexico State University - 2000
  • PhD - Animal Science (Range Nutrition) - New Mexico State University - 2003

Current Research Projects:

  • Improved nutrient utilization when limiting amino acids are supplemented to heifers and young cows.
  • Enhanced use of dormant winter rangeland forages on animal performance and rangeland responses.
  • Influence of nutrient metabolism as influenced by season (forage quality and quantity), physiological state (lactation, gestation and age) that will help identify optimal times for strategic supplementation.
  • Influence on nutritional quality when invasive plant species are subjected to disturbances.

USDA,ARS Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory
243 Fort Keogh Rd.
Miles City, MT 59301-4016
Phone: 406-874-8200, Fax:  406-874-8289