Burnett Center is located at the Northeast Lubbock County Field Laboratories, 15 miles
north of Lubbock and 6 miles east of the town of New Deal. Construction of this research
facility was made possible primarily by private gifts, supplemented by ad valorem taxes.
The total facility represents a significant investment by Texas Tech University and the
citizens of Texas into the vitally important feedlot industry. In addition, significant
educational benefits have been realized from this facility as a result of the opportunity
for undergraduate and graduate students to observe and be involved in ongoing research.
Since its completion in 1984, Texas Tech University scientists working at the Burnett
Center have contributed extensively to our knowledge of beef cattle feeding and
management. Major research areas have included: 1) factors affecting animal growth and
carcass composition; 2) evaluation of nutrient requirements of beef cattle; and 3) grain
and roughage processing. Future efforts will include continued studies in these three
major areas, with additional emphasis placed on feeding management systems to improve
efficiency and sustainability (economic and environmental) of cattle production and
nutrition/health interactions in lightweight, stressed beef cattle.