Three Charolais Heifers Gifted to ANSC Will Be Foundation of New Teaching Herd

The heifers given to ANSC by Robert and Judy Tibbs of Shadow Springs Farm will be used for new Calf Watch class in fall 2023 and extension workshops

ANSC's three Charolais heifers graze in the new Beef Management Teaching and Demonstration Site at CMREC.

Image Credit: Jonathan Stephanoff

June 10, 2022 Jonathan Stephanoff

When the gate was lowered on June 9, 2022, three stark white heifers slowly strolled out of the trailer into their new home and began munching on nearby grass. It was a calm finish to an event Racheal Slattery, ANSC Beef and Dairy Coordinator, and others has been working towards for months.

The three Charolais heifers were born in the fall of 2021, and are a gift to ANSC from Robert and Judy Tibbs of Shadow Springs Farm in Harford County, MD. The Charolais breed are beef cattle traditionally all-white in color that originated in France known for their large size, muscular bodies, and pink noses.

The Charolais pasture is nestled on the slopes of rolling agricultural fields at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center (CMREC) in Ellicott City, utilizing land too steep to grow crops on but perfect for grazing cattle. The new Beef Management Teaching and Demonstration Site will house these heifers as they grow, along with the Wye Angus cross cattle at CMREC.

The Charolais and Wye Angus cross cattle will make up the foundation of the Animal and Avian Sciences teaching herd for the new Beef Management and Calf Watch class that will be taught on campus in Fall, 2023. The class will cover all areas of beef management, including calving, which will take place on the Campus Farm in October, 2023. Course goals are not only to give students more hands-on experience with cattle, but to train them to be able to help producers around the area, particularly with their spring calving. The herd will also be part of hands-on extension workshops and training for beef producers.

The Beef Management Teaching and Demonstration Site at CMREC will host an open house Thursday, July 28th from 5-7pm for current and interested beef producers to see the site and herd, as well as learn more about our programming goals.