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Beef Laboratories

San Joaquin Experimental Range

The San Joaquin Experimental Range is an important segment of the beef cattle teaching program at Fresno State. The commercial cow-calf herd is maintained at this facility.  The cowherd and the facility provide the opportunity for students to gain practical experience in the commercial cow-calf cattle industry.  

In addition, this facility and the cattle that are maintained here are used extensively for research purposes by people from many different disciplines and agencies. Past research projects in the beef area at the range have involved comparing various genotypes for productivity on native range, comparing spring versus fall-calving, evaluating high intensity - short duration grazing, comparing the efficiency of production systems involving steers versus intact males, comparing methods of protein supplementation on native range, and comparing the effectiveness of various methods of estrous synchronization.