About 7 million hectares (17.5 million acres) in Kansas are rangeland and pastureland. The range research program at Hays focuses primarily on the mid- and shortgrass prairie region, or the western two-thirds of Kansas, which encompasses about 4.8 million hectares (12 million acres). The goal is to develop economically-viable, forage-based, beef-production systems for both cow-calf and stocker operations. Emphasis is on efficient conversion of forages to animal product and the assessment of range response and system sustainability. Energy and protein supplements, and planted forages that complement native range nutritionally, are studied in a systems context. The goal is to maintain diet quantity and quality at a level sufficient to meet cattle maintenance and growth requirements during various production phases and to extend the length of the grazing season. Cattle management alternatives such as varying stocking density and season of use, and land management inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides, and burning, are tested to determine their effect on animal response and range improvement.
Current Research Projects
Drought Adjustments for Cattle on Pasture
Keith Harmoney, beef scientist at K-State speaks at the Southern Plains Drought Summit on the adjustments needed for cattle on pasture during this drought.
If you have additional questions, please contact Keith Harmoney @ firstname.lastname@example.org Other Projects Complementary Forage Study (PDF) For Beef Cow/Calf Production Systems on Shortgrass Rangeland. Potential yields of complementary forages.
Ongoing Research Projects
- Growth Responses of Perennial Cool-Season Grasses Grazed Intermittently (PDF)
- Grazing Persistence of Perennial Cool-Season Grasses (PDF)
- Control and Utilization of Japanese Brome (PDF)
- Modified Intensive-Early Stocking on Shortgrass Rangeland (PDF)
- Old World Bluestem (PDF)
The above stated research has been partially sponsored by the J. H. Baker Trust.