Deadline: April 20, 2018
As part of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Industry Development Fund (SCAIDF) application process, Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) and the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association (SCA) will be partnering on proposals related to Animal Health and Welfare and Forage and Grassland Productivity.
Proposals submitted to SCAIDF that meet the targeted priorities in those key areas, as listed below, may be reviewed by both ABP and SCA’s research committees, and go through the complete letter of intent, full proposal, and peer review process prior to final funding decisions. On the SCAIDF application form, please indicate, using the checkbox provided, whether you wish your proposal to be considered by both organizations, provided the proposed project meets the targeted research priorities below. The SCAIDF application form will be used as the letter of intent.
The purpose of this $150,000 targeted call for proposals is to focus on specific priority areas benefiting Alberta and Saskatchewan’s cattle producers. The targeted priority areas have been established based on producer and expert analysis of significant knowledge and/or technology gaps that require additional research.
Targeted Research Priorities:
Animal Health and Welfare
Forage and Grassland productivity
Research proposals will be evaluated for their likelihood to enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of Alberta and Saskatchewan’s cattle producers over the short and long term, based on five criteria:
Projects may be between 1 and 3 years in duration, with a maximum of $50,000 per project, regardless of project duration.
All proposals submitted must follow the guidelines outlined in the Instructions & Guidelines for Submitting a Letter of Intent & Research Proposal posted on the SCA & ABP websites at saskbeef.com/research--innovation.html and albertabeef.org/page/research
Deadline for submission is April 20, 2018.
Download the application form here.
The primary goal of the ABP Research Committee is to encourage practical, applied research which enhances the competitiveness of Alberta beef producers. The objectives of the committee include:
National research information can be found on the Beef Cattle Research Council website at www.beefresearch.ca.
ABP was involved in the creation of and fully supports the National Beef Research Strategy, which can be found here: National Strategy.
Click on the project titles below to see a summary of research projects that ABP is currently funding. Summaries of completed projects will be added as they become available.
It is increasingly challenging for producers to obtain up-to-date information on a number of issues relating to the health of their animals and technical issues they face during day to day operations. This section includes information on current animal health and technical policies, practices and issues facing the industry, as well as on-going research projects. Producer questions can be directed to Karin Schmid, ABP Beef Production Specialist, at email@example.com or (403) 275-4400.
The ABP is committed to supporting research that will improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the Alberta cattle industry. The ABP supports research projects directly, collaborated with industry partners, and oversaw the operation of the Canada Alberta Beef Industry Development Fund (CABIDF).
CABIDF was a $16.4 million federal/provincial fund dedicated to supporting research to address issues directly affecting the beef industry in Alberta. Funding was allocated to projects that fall under six priority categories; forage/cow calf, animal health, intellectual resources, feedlot, manure sustainability and beef marketability.
Pros and cons of five different livestock disposal methods, along with directions on how to properly compost deadstock can be found at http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/disposal-of-cattle-mortalities-55.
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