Graduate Student
Department of Animal Science
Box 7621, 208 Polk Hall
Phone: 919/515-4004
Fax: 919/515-4463
The research project I am working on involves strip grazing beef heifers on stockpiled tall fescue of varying endophyte status. The study's objectives are multi-purpose in that we are collecting both animal and forage data. There are three treatments that are being evaluated, including endophyte-infected fescue, endophyte-free fescue and Novel MaxQ fescue. During the months of December, January, February and March of 2002, forage samples were taken twice a month and tested in the lab for nutrient composition as well as canopy composition. Weight data and blood samples were taken from 46 heifers twice per month as well. Blood analysis yet to be run will include blood urea nitrogen levels, prolactin levels and progesterone levels. We are curious to see if the type of endophyte being grazed affects reproductive performance of growing heifers. Dr. Matt Poore, my major professor, is one of three professors helping me with this project. Dr. Jim Green from Crop Science gives his expert opinion on the forage side of things and Dr. Mitch Hockett from Reproductive Physiology is in charge of coordinating the reproductive part of the project. I hope to obtain a job with the Natural Resources Conservation Service once I receive my Master's degree and may pursue a PhD some time thereafter.
Erinn Oliphant - Animal Science
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