The Bair Ranch Foundation Seminar Series brings nationally recognized scientists and agricultural professionals to Montana State University for the benefit of students, faculty, and the public. The series aims to foster greater public engagement and outreach on innovative research, and highlight agricultural and natural resources issues.

Seminars include a research dialogue that provides MSU students and faculty meaningful interaction with nationally recognized agricultural professionals, teachers and researchers.

Click here to view past seminars on YouTube. 

Presentations will be held from noon - 1 p.m. in Animal Bioscience Building, Room 134 and via WebEx at:

2024 Spring Seminar Series

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Jan. 25 | Travis Mulliniks

Glenn and Mildred Harvey Professor of Beef Cattle Management at Oregon State University

Seminar: Nutritional and management strategies to increase cow-calf production efficiency

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Feb. 8 | Hannah Speer

Assistant Professor of Animal Science at Northern Agricultural Research Center

Seminar: Consequences of cow-calf production with limited perennial forage grazing

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Feb. 22 | Beau Larkin

North Manager and Forest Ecology at MPG Ranch

Seminar: MPG Ranch: Restoration, Research and Conservation

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March 7 | Connie Larson 

Associate Director of Global Technical Service at ZINPRO

Seminar: Improving Animal Wellbeing and Performance Through Trace Mineral Technology

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March 28 | David Augustine

Research Ecologist at USDA ARS

Seminar: TBA

2023 Fall Seminar Series

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Sept. 28 | James Reecy

Vice President for Research at Iowa State University

Seminar: International Collaboration and Development: Benefits Abound

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Oct. 19 | Decky Spiller

Kiowa Creek Division Manager at Silver Spur Operating Co.

Seminar:  A modern integrated beef operation built on traditional stockmanship and cutting-edge technology

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Oct. 19 | Misti Spiller

Cattle Registrations at Silver Spur Operating Co. 

Seminar: A modern integrated beef operation built on traditional stockmansi and cutting-edge technology

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Nov. 2 | Rebecca Poole

Assistant Professor of Animal Science at Texas A&M University

Seminar:  Characterization of the microbiome and immune responses in the reproductive tract

2023 Spring Seminar Series

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Jan. 26 | Sarah Moorey

University of Tennessee - Knoxville
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Feb. 9 | Brian Nielsen

Michigan State University
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Feb. 23 | Ann Staiger

Texas A&M University, Kingsville
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March 9 | Alexis Bonogofsky

WWF Ranching Initiative
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March 9 | Patrick Lendrum

WWF Ranching Initiative
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April 13 | Juan Loor

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign



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Sept. 1 | Zachary Smith

South Dakota State University

Seminar: Strategies to optimize management and production of newly-weaned, growing, and finishing cattle fed in the Northern Plains

Host: Rodrigo Marques


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Sept. 29 | Carrie Hammer

North Dakota State University
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Oct. 13 | Tom Geary

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Oct. 27 | Dirac Twidwell

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
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Nov. 10 | Asha Miles


Beef on dairy: Current use, outcomes, and implications for genetic evaluations

Host: Chris Posbergh



Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 

Samantha Brooks University of Florida
Topic: Galloping into the Future: Genomic tools for the horse industry
Noon -1 p.m. in ABB134
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Thursday, March 10, 2022

Sally Johnson, Virginia Tech
Topic: The Equine Athlete: Workload Fatigue and Muscle Recovery
Noon -1 p.m. in ABB134
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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Brady Allred, University of Montana
Topic: Monitoring Rangelands across the USA
Noon - 1 p.m. in ABB134
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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Dave Bohnert, Oregon State University
Topic: Use of Virtual Fence Technology for Strategic Land and Livestock Management
Noon - 1 p.m. in ABB134
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View previou Bair Ranch Foundation seminar schedules here.