Now in their fifth year of partnership, MasterHand Milling (MHM) and Oklahoma State University continue to push the envelope in studying beef cattle nutrition. In a recent sit-down, MHM owner Dusty turner and Ph.D. student Ally Grote discussed the current trial examining the grazing and finishing potential of dairy-cross cattle compared to native beef cattle.
Ally’s academic journey began at Murray State in Kentucky and continued at the University of Arkansas. But it was the opportunity to work under OSU’s Dr. Paul Beck that truly ignited her passion and pulled her to Oklahoma.
“I got the opportunity last August to come out here and start under Dr. Beck doing this kind of research,” Ally shared. Dr. Beck has spearheaded the trials conducted with MHM since 2019, all focused on utilizing MHM’s extruded distillers grain range cubes for cattle on grass.
“We started off this summer with 75 native beef steers and 75 dairy beef crossbred steers,” Ally explained. Cattle were comingled into three groups, each grazing on different pastures around the Klemme Range. All cattle were fed one pound per head per day of MHM’s range cubes during the first 53 days of the summer and 2.5 pounds per head per day in the last 91 days for a total grazing period of 144 days.