About The Eastern Colorado Research Center

GOALS and History

Our center’s research is primarily focused on beef cattle reproductive and nutritional health.

Our Staff

We are a small tight knit group assisting researchers meet their program goals.



  • 3760 acres
  • 35 fenced pastures
  • 22 feedlot pens
  • 640 sq ft bunk space
  • Enclosed working facilities
    • Chute
    • Scales

Additional Information

Program Contributions

  • Growth traits, fertility and carcass composition and quality of Red Angus, Gelbvieh and Piedmontese steers and heifers.
  • Use of ammoniated wheat straw as a forage for non-lactating beef cows up to 60 days before calving.
  • Effect of body cow condition (scored 1 through 9) on reproductive performance.
  • Evaluation of salinomycin provided via free choice mineral supplement for improving performance of grazing cattle.
  • Supplementation of stocker cattle on pasture with the feed additive Bovatec in a shelf fed supplement.
  • Effects of Synovex-S, Compudose and Ralgro on the performance of suckling steer calves.
  • Comparison of five supplementation programs for pregnant beef cows.
  • Evaluation of the effect of cow size and level of milk production on efficiency.
  • Management of cancer eye in beef cows.
  • Effect of castration method, implant treatment and wormer on suckling calves.
  • Alternative grass and grain feed systems for beef production.
  • Aeuromycin 50 premix effects on intake of salt mineral mix, gain and health of grazing yearling steers.
  • Effect of microbial innoculant on corn silage quality and steer performance.
  • Effect of microbial innoculant on wheat silage quality and steer performance.


Numerous publications reporting on the work at the research center are available at the center or through area county extension offices.

Following is a list of some publications:

  • Baker, D. S., T. E. Engle, J. C. Whittier, P. D. Burns, R. G. Mortimer, D. N. Schutz, and R. M . Enns. 2002. Trace mineral impact on reproductive performance, immune response, and calf performance in grazing beef cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 80(Suppl. 2): 117.
  • Flatt, W. R., T. L. Stanton, D. Schutz, J. Davis, and T. E. Engle. 2002. Effect of salt level on growth performance, carcass characteristics, cost of gain and manure salinity on finishing beef steers. Western Section American Society of Animal Science Proceedings. 53:660-665.
  • Flatt, W. R., T. L. Stanton, D. Schutz, J. Davis, and T. E. Engle. 2002. Effect of salt level on growth performance, carcass characteristics, cost of gain and manure salinity on finishing beef steers. J. Anim. Sci. 80(Suppl. 2):142.
  • Loza, P. L., T. L. Stanton, T. E. Engle, D. Schutz, and A. R. Rhoads. 2002. Effects of feeding low phytate corn varieties on growth performance, feed efficiency, serum phosphorus level, Longissimus Dorsi fatty acid composition, and carcass characteristics of finishing steers. 2002. Department of Animal Sciences, Colorado State University. Animal Sciences Research Report. Pp. 123-126.
  • Sampaio PAGA, JC Whittier, BA Riggs, DN Schutz and D Couch, 2001. Effect of season on eastern Colorado native range crude protein levels. Proc West Sec ASAS 52:499-500.
  • Smith CD, JC Whittier, DN Schutz and D Couch, 2001. Comparison of alfalfa hay and distillers dried grains with solubles, alone or in combination with cull beans, as protein sources for beef cows grazing native winter range. The Professional Animal Scientist 17:139-144.

Research Summary and Progress

Reporting of research findings at the Eastern Colorado Research Center is handled through field days, tours, publications and news stories.

  • A field day is held at the ECRC every year. The public is invited to tour the facilities and scientists are present to explain research work.
  • In addition, numerous farm, ranch and range groups schedule special tours at the research center. Any group interested in visiting the research center may make arrangements with the station manager or through the Department of Animal Sciences. Visitors to the research center are welcome at any time. Station personnel welcome the opportunity to discuss the research program and to hear comments or suggestions on the program.