Using New Technology on the Ranch with Travis Mulliniks
October 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The future of livestock production is dependent on adoption of precision livestock management tools that allow for economically efficient and environmentally responsive livestock production while maintaining and/or improving rangeland health, meeting other ecosystem service needs. More precise monitoring sensors that can capture variability in weather, soil water and nutrient cycling, vegetation dynamics, and individual animal grazing behavior can aid in ranch decision making and better linking interactions and potential tradeoffs between livestock production and other ecosystem services. Understanding these systems may provide greater opportunities to enhance management for a greater suite of benefits derived from grazing lands.
Dr. Travis Mulliniks is an Assistant Professor in Range Production Systems at the University of Nebraska and located at the West Central Research and Education Center in North Platte, NE. He grew up on a cow-calf operation in eastern Oklahoma and received his BS degree in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University. In addition, he earned a MS and PhD in Range Nutrition from New Mexico State University. Dr. Mulliniks’ research and extension objectives consist of developing an applied cow-calf research program that emphasize sustainability and economically viable management options through enhanced efficiency, productivity, and strategic nutritional management.