United States Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service
Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center
6883 South State Highway 23
Booneville AR 72927
Dr. Christine Nieman is a Research Animal Scientist with USDA Agriculture Research Service, Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center in Booneville, Arkansas. Dr. Nieman is a ruminant nutritionist with an interest in beef forage and grazing systems. Dr. Nieman earned her Ph.D. in animal sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where her research focused on grazing systems for stocker cattle, including utilization of warm season annuals and grass and legume mixtures. Dr. Nieman earned her Master’s in animal science from Michigan State University with an emphasis in dairy grazing systems and she earned a Bachelor of Science in dairy sciences from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. In general, her research strives to determine strategies for increasing the profitability of small beef farms in the mid-South through various forage management approaches. These approaches include decreasing costs by reducing hay feeding and extending the grazing season, and increasing productivity through utilization of annual forage species, baleage, and supplementation on pasture. Dr. Nieman is also interested in agroforestry systems, specifically silvopasture. Her silvopasture research focuses on forage establishment, growth, persistence, and general management in shaded environments.