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Students on Lakeland College’s livestock research team say the program is teaching them skills that can be put to use on the farm and off.

College pioneers first livestock research student-managed farm

Managing a research herd is a different ball of wax, and students and instructors say it teaches many new skills

Sixteen students are getting a taste of applied research as part of Lakeland College’s first student-managed farm livestock research team. The second-year students, all enrolled in animal science technology, are managing a herd of 50 cattle involved in research trials. “They have to manage the herd for profitability, but we also have a commercial (cattle) […] Read more

Bringing the entire beef sector together was the top goal for conference co-chairs Virgil Lowe (left) and Rob Smith. The conference did just that — something young producer Rob Dixon called “incredibly valuable.”

Come together: Beef industry gathers under one roof at national conference

Inaugural conference shows there is an appetite for all parts 
of the beef industry to work together for the common good

They came from across Western Canada and as far away as New Brunswick. And all of them were passionate about beef. The inaugural Canadian Beef Industry Conference, held at the beginning of August, was more of a success than anyone anticipated. More than 650 people from all sectors of the beef industry came from across […] Read more


Learn how to grade your grain

July 26 workshop to be held in Vermilion

The Making the Grade workshops will be held at Lakeland College in Vermilion on July 26. Experts will show producers how to grade barley, wheat, canola, and pulses in hands-on sessions. “Understanding grain grading and factors affecting quality is important for all crop producers as it affects their bottom line,” said Terry Young, a producer […] Read more

New cattle herd for Lakeland College

Lakeland College has developed a new livestock research team, which will manage Lakeland’s livestock research projects, as well as a new herd of 50 cattle for research projects and demonstrations. “Since we already demonstrate a purebred beef herd and an intensively managed beef herd, we thought it was a good opportunity to run a group […] Read more


College farm completes Environmental Farm Plan

Lakeland College is the first post- secondary institution in Alberta to complete an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP). From January to April, about 50 second-year students in animal science technology, crop technology, and other programs worked together to complete the EFP on the college’s student-managed farm at the Vermilion campus. The experience enabled the students to […] Read more