Forages and Beef / Dairy, Pork, Poultry and Other Livestock
Livestock research is improving the economic stability of beef production by reducing the cost of overwintering beef cows, increasing the value, yield and quality of pasture and forage resources while lowering production costs. Best management practices are evaluated in the field for their impact on livestock production as well as soil and water resources. Genomic and phenomic information are used to develop animal selection tools and carcass grading prediction tools for several species. As part of Other Livestock, the apiculture (honey bee) program in Beaverlodge focusses on detection and management of bee diseases and pests.
- Created a beef genomic research centre with the University of Alberta.
- Developed feeding strategies to: enrich omega-3 in beef and pork; feed dried distillers grains (bioethanol by-product) to beef and pork.
- Developed swath grazing techniques (adopted by 35-50% of Alberta beef producers): reduce overwintering costs (40-50%) and fossil fuel use (50%).
- Established ways to reduce the environmental footprint and the contribution of forage-beef management to carbon sequestration and nitrous oxide emission.
- Improved management of American foulbrood disease of honey bee including: diagnostics, mitigation strategies, and registration of alternative antibiotics.
- Developed strategies to control Nosema ceranae a new honey bee parasite.
- Discovered genomic tools to breed honey bees for improved resistance to the parasitic mite Varroa destructor and to brood diseases.
- Created the National Bee Diagnostic Centre at Beaverlodge Research Farm, in partnership with Grande Prairie Regional College and industry.