PBS Cattle

        PBS has both stocker/feeders, replacement heifers and a rolling cow herd on location (PBS Facilities).  The stocker capacity ranges on average from 150-200 head at one time but capable of adding more head to the location.  They are typically fed for a period of 40 to 90 days on either a dry-lot or a grass pasture.  Diets consist mainly of corn gluten and soyhulls. Cattle have ad-lib access to fescue/clover hay and water.  PBS has equipment that is capable of formulating a variety of diets in addition to those currently being fed. 

        The replacement heifers and cow/calf pairs are raised on fescue/clover grass pasture (PBS Facilities) and are fed free-choice mineral. This commercial herd is bred in either the fall or spring season by artificial insemination (AI). Together, this group typically amounts to 60 – 120+ head with room for expansion.  PBS is able to adapt the numbers of both the stockers and the cow and heifers to a size and structure to fit a trial’s requirement. All ages (calves, yearlings, adults) as well as reproductive status (virgin, fresh/open and pregnant) are capable of being integrated into the PBS herd.

        PBS has strong relationships with multiple privately owned herds in the area that consist of starters/backgrounders as well as cow/calf herds. By working directly with producers, PBS is capable of creating a direct connection between research and implementation of results into typical production settings. These producers provide a variety in animal handling/ herd structure and represent a proportion of this nation’s industry operations.