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Karen Beauchemin poses with her award and socially-distanced AAFC colleagues Francois Eudes (left) and Tim McAllister in Lethbridge.

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 […] Read more

Two-thirds of greenhouse gases produced by Canadian agriculture comes from beef production, 
with methane produced by digestion accounting for a portion of that.

Feed additive could be a methane game changer

Feed additive that can halve emissions while boosting feed efficiency is now undergoing a large-scale study

There’s pressure on the beef industry to be more sustainable, and some of that pressure falls on scientists like Karen Beauchemin. The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada ruminant nutritionist and her team at the Lethbridge research station are looking for ways to reduce enteric methane — gas produced when digesting feed — from beef cattle. One […] Read more


Methane emissions from a steer were measured by Agriculture Canada researchers.

Two feed supplements lower methane emissions

Feeding wheat to dairy and beef cattle also lowered emissions 
but the effect was short lived

A recent study has found feed supplements can reduce methane emissions from dairy and beef cattle. Researchers from Canada and Australia conducted the three-year study. “We need to know how feed affects methane production, but we also need to know how it affects other aspects of the farm operation, like daily gains in animals, milk […] Read more