Research on antimicrobial use and resistance to be funded

A total of $1.5 million available for 
projects that reduce antimicrobial use 
or combat resistance

Alberta Beef Producers and the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency are seeking research proposals focused on antimicrobial use and resistance.

The two organizations will be awarding $1.5 million in grants for research in the following areas:

  • Identify and/or develop practical and economically viable modifications to current beef production practices that reduce the need for non-ionophore in-feed antimicrobials, such as tylosin and oxy/chlortetracycline. (The development of pre/pro/synbiotics, the use of plant-based or other chemical antimicrobial alternatives will not be considered under this research call.)
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  • Identify and/or quantify differences in animal biological processes or genetics that affect animal health responses to high-grain diets.
  • Develop and pilot rapid and/or chute-side diagnostic techniques that can identify antimicrobial-resistant bovine pathogens and help inform antimicrobial treatment decisions in real time.
  • Quantify baseline antimicrobial use data at both the cow-calf and feedlot levels.
  • Quantify the prevalence of antimicrobial resistance in bovine pathogens in cattle arriving at the feedlot prior to any antimicrobial treatment at the lot, and/or in cull cattle arriving for slaughter.

Projects can be between one and three years in duration, but must be completed by Sept. 30, 2019.

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