Richard Browning Jr.

The Livestock Conservancy

Tennessee State University


A professor of animal science at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Richard Browning Jr. grew up raising and showing Red Brahman cattle in southeast Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Prairie View A&M University and holds a doctorate in animal reproduction and genetics from Texas A&M University. He has been evaluating meat goat breeds since 2002. His primary research focus is on how choice of doe breed affects herd performance. A related outreach emphasis of his lab is on the need to incorporate performance recording in meat goat production systems.

Richard will be speaking at the Texas Fair.


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Smaller Cows for Smaller Farms: Reducing cow size to increase productivity

For small-scale beef production, consider nontraditional breeds that are smaller in stature, dual purpose, and/or of a heritage type. (Such alternative breeds are often smaller than the average traditional breed representatives or typical commercial beef cow types.) Nontraditional breeds can be very productive, yield a quality product, and require lower management costs. Although often overlooked, nontraditional breeds are not only novelty animals of interesting historical discussions; they offer "new" and useful genetic options that may be a better fit for small landholder beef operations.
Animal Husbandry

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Texas, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., The Livestock Conservancy Stage

Advantages of Heritage Breeds in Commercial Goat and Sheep Enterprises

Meat goat production is a nontraditional animal industry that has experienced tremendous growth in the last 25 years. Sheep production has shown recent signs of renewed interest for small farm meat production. Profitable small ruminant production has been difficult in many operations, in part because of environmental obstacles (primarily internal parasitism). Herd managers often place emphasis on sire selection and offspring growth traits. However, many of the problems in achieving enterprise sustainability and profitability are rooted in genetic decisions affecting doe/ewe health and reproduction. Heritage and other nontraditional breeds of sheep and goats represent genetic options that offer favorable performance under unfavorable conditions.
Animal Husbandry

Available In:

Texas, Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m., The Livestock Conservancy Stage
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