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Animal Sciences and Industry

Cow/Calf Unit

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MISSION STATEMENT

The Kansas State University Cow-Calf Unit strives:

  • to provide meaningful applied research and timely extension programs to the beef producers of Kansas and the Great Plains
  • to provide cutting-edge instruction to undergraduate and graduate students at Kansas State University
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GOALS

Our goal is to be the best university Cow-Calf facility in the world through optimum productivity and maximal relevance in research, teaching, and extension. We aim to be:

  • an asset to the beef industry – producers in particular
  • highly valued by society – students in particular

RESOURCES

The Kansas State University Cow-Calf Unit herd consists of approximately 325 commercial cows, 80 heifers, and 15 breeding bulls. Our nutrition program is based on native tallgrass forage; we work each year for an 11- to 12-month grazing season. We currently operate on approximately 2,000 deeded acres and 3,000 rented acres of native tallgrass range.

RESEARCH AREAS

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  • Nutritional management of cattle grazing native tallgrass range
  • Production cycle management including calving, breeding, and weaning
  • Effects of calfhood nutritional and health management on carcass quality and value
  • Factors influencing grazing distribution

Contact Info

Dr. K C Olson
Professor
126 Call Hall
785-532-1254
kcolson@k-state.edu

Support Staff

Gary Ritter
Agricultural Techician Senior
785-556-1870
126 Call Hall
gritter@k-state.edu

Garrett Preedy
Research Assistant- Cow/Calf Unit
785-556-1870
126 Call Hall
gwp07@k-state.edu