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Research Profile - Christopher Schauer

“The long term objectives of my research are to decrease the costs associated with feeding livestock and optimize the use of grazing lands.”

Name: Christopher Schauer
NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center
Hettinger, ND

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The Researcher

Dr. Schauer is Director of the NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center. He received his BS and MS degrees at NDSU from the Animal Sciences Department, and received his PhD in Ruminant Nutrition from Oregon State University. He worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center from 2003-2006 and became the center’s Director in 2006.

The Research

Dr. Schauer’s research interests are nutritional management of grazing livestock, improving reproductive efficiency of cattle and sheep, nutritional management of feedlot cattle and sheep, and grazing strategies to improve the ecologic and economic sustainability of livestock production in Southwestern North Dakota. His primary research focuses are: alternative grazing systems for cattle and sheep that evaluate multiple use of lands (grazing, wildlife habitat, cover crops) in addition to livestock performance; decreasing embryonic death loss in sheep, specifically through the practical application of supplementation programs during early gestation; and decreasing feed costs and increasing feed efficiency in feedlot lambs through the use of alternative feed stuffs (dried distillers grains, use of ionophores).

Why it Matters

Livestock producers face high commodity prices, as well as escalating land prices, so utilization of alternative grazing systems and alternative feeds that can decrease production costs will be necessary for livestock production to remain profitable. Livestock producers need real-life alternatives for livestock producers to maximize profitability while maintaining the “sustainability” of their land.

Student Engagement

Dr. Schauer traditionally employs several graduate students in animal science, and works with the Department of Animal Sciences at NDSU to provide summer internships to undergraduates working on their BS in Animal Science. His graduate students work in reproductive management in sheep or in lamb finishing. Dr. Schauer says that seeing graduate student’s research become reality in the livestock industry is extremely rewarding.

Diverse Student Experiences Aid their Success

Dr. Schauer recommends that youth get involved at an early age with 4H and/or FFA and become involved in the livestock industry. He believes that the more diverse experiences a student has, the wider the range of opportunities will be present for when that student graduates and looks for employment.

Contact Information:

Christopher Schauer, PhD
Hettinger Research Extension Center
PO Box 1377
Hettinger, ND 58639


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