Dr. Bart Lardner

Dr. Bart Lardner

Dr. Bart Lardner, PhD, PAg
Department of Animal & Poultry Science, University of Saskatchewan

For the past 20 years, Dr. H.A. (Bart) Lardner has worked at Western Beef Development Centre focusing on cow-calf and forage production research.
Dr. Lardner is a Professor in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the University of Saskatchewan where he supervises undergraduate and graduate students and teaches classes in forages, ruminant nutrition and beef cattle management. His expertise lies in forage and water management in cow-calf systems, summer and winter grazing systems, grazing ruminant nutrition, beef cow reproductive efficiency, co-product supplementation, heifer development and applied genomic programs. His research program works closely with producers to ensure applicability of results back to industry.

“Benefits of Legume Pastures in Beef Cattle Systems”
Sod-seeding either new cicer milkvetch or sainfoin varieties into a long-established pasture increased biomass, pasture quality and grazing animal utilization of the available forage. Percent composition of cicer milkvetch increased two fold over a 3 year period, suggesting increased contribution of high quality forage. Steer performance also increased when grazing sod-seeded legume stands compared to grazing non sod-seeded pasture. Finally sod-seeding legumes into an old pasture stand - requires suppression of existing forage species and timely precipitation for rejuvenation success.