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Chris Richards

Chris Richards

Dr. Chris RichardsJob Position:
Professor - Hitch Chair
Beef Cattle Extension and Research Specialist

Contact Info:
Office: 201E Animal Science
Phone: 405.744.9288
Email: chris.richards@okstate.edu

Curriculum Vitae
Beef Extension Website

About Dr. Richards

Dr. Chris Richards is an Associate Professor of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University. He serves as a state Extension Beef Cattle Specialist where his primary responsibilities are in stocker and feedlot cattle nutrition and management. Born and raised in Nebraska, he pursued his passion for beef cattle management in Animal Science by obtaining his A.S. from Northeastern Junior College, his B.S. from Texas A&M University, M.S. from the University of Nebraska, and his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. Before joining Oklahoma State University in 2005, Dr. Richards gained valuable teaching and research experience by serving as an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee.

As an Oklahoma State University Beef Cattle Specialists, his Extension duties include developing statewide educational programs in beef cattle management and nutrition with emphasis on stocker and feedlot cattle enterprises. Dr. Richards’ primary areas of programming and educational resource development have included: 1) efficacious use of growth promoting technologies including ionophores, implants, and beta-agonist, 2) identification, prediction, and management of environmental stress of beef cattle, and 3) management of forage and water-based anti-nutrients to protect animal health and wellbeing. He serves Oklahoma’s outreach network of field staff through traditional methodologies that allow local educators to provide a visible and valuable role in the education process. He supports the more specialized demands of our larger operations and industry professionals through development of high quality state, regional, and international conferences. To meet the rising desire for access to on-demand electronic information, he has developed an extensive multi-discipline, user-friendly, beef-commodity web interface that is receiving high state and international usage. These Extension programs have been supported by a combination of outreach and applied research grant funding.

Research and graduate student mentoring is focused on weaned calf nutrition, health and management. His research goals have been to: 1) evaluate and develop application of growth promoting and biomarker technologies and management practices for improving cattle health, wellbeing, performance, and profitability along with consumer desirability, 2) determination of factors that affect cattle environmental stress in grazing and pasture environments, and 3) train well-rounded graduate students that are academically, scientifically, and ethically sound minded with the ability to communicate with people in the cattle industry. To achieve these goals, collaboration with inter- and intra-disciplinary teams has been and will continue to be vital to the success of his program.

For his professional efforts at OSU, Dr. Richards has received recognition from his peers. Peer awards in the last 5 years include the Southern Section Extension Award presented by the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science, Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Extension Specialist Award, and Tyler Award presented by the Department of Animal Science. He has also received recognition in the last 5 years for his Extension efforts from clientele by receiving the Outstanding State Extension Specialist Award from the Oklahoma Association of Extension Agricultural Agents and the Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association.

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