Increasing Cattle Efficiency
Dr. Rebecca Atkinson, animal science instructor at Sheridan College, will give a lecture titled “Utilization of Alternative Forage Crops for Beef Production” on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in Mars Agriculture Center, Room 201 at Sheridan College. This event is free and open to the public.
Atkinson will focus on challenges facing livestock producers, including the price of land and human population increases. The challenge is to increase forage production, decrease land area needed, and extend the grazing season, all while maintaining or increasing animal performance.
According to a press release from Sheridan College, one potential solution for livestock producers is access to a cheap, on the farm source of high-protein forage. Atkinson will share her research on utilizing forage soybeans as well as small grain crops. Additionally, she will visit with attendees about the pros and cons of grazing cover crops.
Atkinson currently teaches animal science at Sheridan College. She is a native of Wyoming and grew up on her family’s ranch in Goshen County. Upon graduating from the University of Wyoming with a doctorate in ruminant nutrition, she was hired by Southern Illinois University Carbondale and served as Beef Forage Specialist for 12 years. While at SIUC she conducted research that pertained to cow/calf, feedlot, and seed-stock segments of the beef industry.