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OSU Expanded Wheat Pasture Research Unit

In 1989, the Department established the Expanded Wheat Pasture Research Unit with major assistance from a special grant from CSRS-USDA. This is a unique resource unlike any other in the country. The Unit consists of 385 acres of wheat pasture, 42 acres of cool-season perennial grasses, and two native grass pastures (about 50 acres total) near Marshall, Oklahoma (30 miles west of Stillwater). The area is leased from two landowners and is divided/managed as 18 to 20 wheat pastures which allows for replication of experimental treatments. The cool-season perennial grasses are being studied as complementary forages to wheat pasture. It is equipped with a weather station, cattle receiving, handling and weighing facilities and feed storage areas. The Unit is managed by the Department of Animal Science but the research program is designed and conducted cooperatively between faculty from the Departmental of Animal Science, Plant and Soil Science, Agricultural Economics, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and Entomology.

In addition, a wheat pasture research facility consisting of 85 acres, a barn with 26 stalls for individually feeding cattle, four Pinpointer feeders on pasture, cattle handling facilities and a feed storage and sample preparation lab is available for intensive studies with smaller numbers of cattle. This facility is four miles west of the campus.

 

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