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Our Facility

The Bluestem Research Range is a 900-acre working ranch located at  9414 West 44th Street, Stillwater, OK 74074. This is about seven miles west and four miles south of campus; about a 20-min drive on gravel and dirt roads. The Bluestem Range consists of about 250 acres of introduced grass and 700 acres of native range. 

Our Purpose

Research at the Bluestem Research Range is focused on nutrition and management of range beef cattle. The Department of Animal and Food Sciences is currently working on incorporating technology to improve precision management of grazing cattle. This includes individual, automated supplementation, virtual fencing and more!

About Us

Our Land

The range is managed with either rotational or season-long continuous stocking, and some deferred for winter grazing. Intensive pasture management practices (fertilizer, herbicide and fire) are applied to the introduced pastures. Extensive water developments in both native and introduced pastures allow accessibility to the entire forage base year-round.

Our Herd

The range has a stall barn with the capability to supplement up to 36 cows or stocker cattle. It has an extensive corral and covered cattle handling facility. Our cattle operation is representative of a commercial stocker cattle production facility.

Our Research

Research capabilities include supplementation studies with individual feeding to measure stocker performance, forage intake and utilization, diet quality, fiber degradation, precision supplementation, and grazing systems research.

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