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Susan Markus, beef specialist with Alberta Agriculture, is collaborating with the first livestock research class at Lakeland College on a project on feed efficiency in cattle.

The gap between genomics theory and real-life cattle production

Genotyping works well in the purebred world, but not so much in a commercial herd

Lakeland College’s student-managed farm’s research project brings together visual appraisal, phenotypic data from a residual feed intake test, and genomics to measure a herd of 50 heifers. “We wanted to take in visual and phenotypic data, and because we have so many tools with genomics, we wanted to add that as a third level to […] Read more

Every dollar spent on research and marketing generates a big return for the 
Canadian cattle industry, says a new economic analysis.

Study points to payoff from cattle research, beef marketing

Economists use ‘econometric simulation model’ and find 
every $1 in checkoff investment generates a $14 return

A new study has found Canadian cattle producers receive a $14 benefit for every $1 in national checkoff fees invested in research and marketing activities. The study, by University of Alberta ag economists James Rude and Ellen Goddard, examined the period from 2011-12 to 2013-14. It updates a similar 2010 study (covering the period from […] Read more


Keeping an eye on — and collecting physical samples from — a network of herds is giving researchers an unprecedented look into 
Prairie cattle production.

Bovine big brother: Surveillance network gives cattle researchers priceless data

Network will yield insights into improving production and herd health — 
and reassure customers if there’s a sudden disease concern

You can’t pick them out from the road, but 120 herds of cattle across the Prairies are special. They’re participants in a “living laboratory” experiment that is advancing knowledge about the health of the western herd in a host of ways. “We have a mixture of small and large herds, somewhat representative of the number […] Read more

The famed Kinsella “research ranch” was the home of groundbreaking cattle research conducted by Roy Berg.

The fearless researcher who revolutionized cattle breeding

Roy Berg was once the most reviled cattle researcher in the country — until he proved 
that crossbreeding could produce spectacular productivity gains

He was an intrepid man whose controversial work earned him scores of critics — but his name will now live on as the research station where Roy Berg conducted much of his revolutionary work on beef cattle. Nearly 300 people — friends, colleagues, former students, industry specialists, and family members — travelled to the Kinsella […] Read more