Growing cover crops offer potential benefits, including improved soil health, but these crops can be expensive to establish and manage. Establishment and management costs can be recovered by integrating crop and animal production and grazing cover crops as forage.
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Integration of Livestock and Cropping Systems
Kansas State University
Farney is based at K-State’s Southeast Agricultural Research Center in Parsons. She grew up in Fort Sumner, New Mexico where her family had a cow-calf operation. She completed her associate’s degree in agriculture from Butler Community College where she was a member of the livestock judging team and then continued her education at Kansas State University in animal science. Jaymelynn then went to Oklahoma State University to complete her master’s in ruminant nutrition with an emphasis on receiving calf management. She returned to K-State to complete her Ph.D. in ruminant nutrition, using the dairy cow as the model for how inflammation impacts production.
Farney’s research interests include alternative forages and management practices to improve cowherd efficiency. She is involved in the Sunflower Supreme Replacement Heifer Program which has developed protocols for replacement heifer development to help with breeding and calving ease.
Jaymelynn Farney, Doug Shoup, Dave Rethorst, Dale Blasi and John Holman
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