The White Sand Branch Beef Unit is located in Southeastern Mississippi, approximately 10 miles west of Poplarville, MS. The Unit has a base cow herd of about 120 head of crossbred commercial type beef cows. Research at White Sand is in the area of growth and development of weaned beef calves, with a focus on health, nutrition and management interactions. The Unit encompasses 450 acres of pasture land. Additionally, there are 38 three acre replicated paddocks for research studies. The Unit has a feedmill with attached ingredient storage silos, as well as three outside commodity bays. Inside the mill, is a one tone feed mixer with a hammermill attachment. A pull behind RotoMix feed wagon equipped with certified scales can also mix and deliver feed to livestock. A Silencer squeeze chute is used to handle and work cattle, it too is equipped with certified scales. Finally, a pen scale with certified scales can also be used to weigh cattle or hay bales.
The Unit produces its own hay to be used for herd maintenance and for research purposes. Studies conducted at the station include effects of growth promoting implants on calf performance, effects of supplement on utilization of baleage by beef cattle, effects of fertilization or supplementation on animal performance, and effects of de-worming strategies on cattle performance. Ongoing research includes examining the frequency of supplementation on performance of beef cattle grazing summer pastures, the effects of different metaphalactic strategies on health and performance of high risk calves, the effects of stocking rate management on performance of cattle grazing cool season pastures, and alternative marketing strategies for fed cattle.
Faculty and Staff include: Dr. Daniel Rivera, Mr. Melvin Gipson, and Mr. Roy Gipson.
For more information contact: Dr. Daniel Rivera