Research drives the cattle industry forward
The saskatchewan CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT FUND
The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association administers the Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association Industry Development Fund (SCAIDF) to be used for research, development and promotion of the beef cattle industry in Saskatchewan. The Research committee, chaired by Michael Spratt and Ryan Beierbach, as well as the Board of Directors, ensure that producer check-off money is spent responsibly on effective projects that enhance the competitiveness of all production sectors of the Saskatchewan beef cattle industry. The Research committee and the Board of Directors adheres to and follows The Cattle Development Plan Regulations, The Agri-Food Act, 2004 and its regulations, and all applicable board orders.
For details on the 2016 SCAIDF research projects, click here.
For details on research proposals funded in 2017, click here.
The next research proposal intake deadline is April 15, 2019 through the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund
Priority will be given to research projects with the potential to improve the producer's efficiency, lower the cost of production and to ensure a sustainable beef industry. Projects designed to improve the adoption of technology, enhance government programs, or develop industry programs are also encouraged. Further economic research priorities are noted within other research areas below.
Animal Nutrition and Management
The SCA believes that continued research in animal health, nutrition and management is important from the perspective of animal welfare, beef quality and public safety and producer’s profitability. Priority areas include:
One of the greatest challenges facing the growth of the beef industry is the need to adapt to evolving government environmental regulations and the need to enhance the public perception of the effects of the industry on the environment.
Forage and By-Products
Forages create value; in economic and environmental terms. There is a clear link between forage and livestock. The forage industry is the foundation for much of animal agriculture, and investment in forage research, development and technology transfer will be of mutual benefit to both sectors. Long term funding is critical for effective forage research since a one or two-year commitment is not long enough to allow forage research projects to be completed.