The beef-forage research program at the South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station serves the specific research needs of beef producers in south Mississippi. Research is conducted on 610 acres of hay and pasture land with approximately 300 head of commercial cattle. Applied beef research is conducted in nutrition, reproduction and management as they relate and interact with forage research with various crops, varieties, fertility and other agronomic practices. Research results can be extended to southeast Louisiana, the Gulf Coast and southeastern United States with similar climate, soils and forages.
The White Sand Branch Unit sits on 440 acres with its primary research mission being beef cattle nutrition/management and forage management. On average the station has 120 head of beef cows and 20 replacement females.
Additionally, another 100-120 head of stocker cattle are managed on the station at various times during the year for research purposes. The station is equipped with 38 3-acre replicated units for pasture cattle research. Summer grasses on the station include common Bermuda grass, bahia grass, some crab grass. In the fall, approximately 100-150 acres are planted in annual ryegrass for herd maintenance and research needs. Studies conducted at the station include performance of cattle fed baleage, forage/supplement interactions, stocker cattle production studies, as well as small plot fertilizer and soil additive studies. The station has three rumen cannulated heifers to conduct forage and feed digestibility studies as well.
For more information, contact Dr. Daniel Rivera.