Lethbridge scientist named outstanding cattle researcher

Karen Beauchemin is a leading global authority on ruminant nutrition

A leader in ruminant nutrition and environmental sustainability of beef production has been awarded the 2020 Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation.

Karen Beauchemin is a principal research scientist of ruminant nutrition at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge station as well as an adjunct professor at the universities of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Utah State. Her work focuses on developing nutritional knowledge and technologies for the beef and dairy industries to improve the efficiency of production and reduce environmental impact.

Beauchemin has assisted producers, researchers, veterinarians, nutritionists, and policy-makers across Canada with numerous research projects on ruminant nutrition, such as feed additives and diet formulations, and industry-relevant issues, such as the environmental sustainability of beef cattle production while improving animal performance. She is recognized as an international authority in the area of methane research and ruminant nutrition.

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One example of the impact she has had on the industry is her participation as the sole Canadian invited member of the National Research Council Committee on Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle that produced the Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle, 8th Revised Edition (2013-16). This publication sets the standards for nutrient requirements and is widely considered the cornerstone of beef nutrition. It is universally used by nutritionists, veterinarians, and feed regulators such as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Her participation on the committee ensured the information, feed compositions, and recommendations were relevant to the Canadian beef industry.

“Dr. Beauchemin’s work on emissions is a major asset to Canadian beef producers,” said Matt Bowman, an Ontario producer and vice-chair of the Beef Cattle Research Council. “Her work has not only led to a better understanding and quantification of greenhouse gas produced by cattle, but she continues to lead the way in researching new ways to reduce the overall impact.”

The annual Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation recognizes scientists and academics who are actively involved in strong research programs aligned with industry priorities, continually engage with industry stakeholders, and demonstrate their passion and long-term commitment through leadership, teamwork, and mentorship.

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