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Problems and possibilities into the next decade involving beef cattle breeding research in the southern region: cooperator herds.

Authors
  • Thrift, F A
  • Aaron, D K
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of animal science
Publication Date
Oct 01, 1991
Volume
69
Issue
10
Pages
4240–4244
Identifiers
PMID: 1778842
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

When resources are limited, use of cattle owned and maintained by cooperators to conduct beef cattle breeding research in the Southern Region can be a feasible alternative to the traditional policy of using experiment station cattle. Former students, former experiment station employees, extension personnel, institutional personnel, or tribal personnel can serve as suitable cooperators or can aid in locating potential cooperators. Several problems can be associated with cooperative work; however, the two most obvious are 1) only a limited number of researchable questions can be addressed and 2) complete experimental control over the cattle is seldom achieved. The procedure has the primary advantage that in most cases all or at least the greatest portion of the expense of owning and maintaining the cow herd is borne by the cooperator.

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