Beef Cattle Research

IRM Beef CattleIntegrated Resource Management (IRM)

The goal of the Integrated Resource Management [IRM] Beef Production Systems program at the Edisto Research & Education Center is to evaluate the integration of recommended available and new genetic, nutritional, forage and management resources into efficient, productive, profitable and environmentally-friendly beef production systems for South Carolina's Coastal Plains.  Crossbreeding research has shown that the greatest benefits of heterosis or hybrid vigor are realized through the crossbred cow. Breed complementarity combines the advantages of two or more breeds to produce a more productive animal. The IRM project will evaluate the optimum utilization of the five major beef breeds available to SC cow-calf producers - Angus, Charolais, Gelbvieh, Polled Hereford and Simmental - in the Coastal Plain production environment.  The project’s production components cover the total beef production cycle from cow-calf production to the feedlot to carcass on the rail.  For more information on this project, please visit the site.