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  • Environmental Stewardship | My Site

    Home Back to Results Main 2020-103: Assessing the Impacts of Forages on GHG Sequestration in Saskatchewan Crop Rotations 2017-148: Dugout management for improved water quality 2016-192: Solute and moisture fluxes below small watershed amended with feedlot manure 2016-191: Pen surface soil performance of various soils during the first two cycles of cattle at a feedlot in Saskatchewan 2016-190: Pen surface soil performance of various soils during the first two cycles of cattle at a feedlot in Saskatchewan

  • Animal Health | My Site

    Home Back to Results Main 2021-095: Investigation of AMR transmission via horizontal gene transfer in Mycoplasma bovis 2021-088: Clinical investigation of treatment options for joint infections in western Canadian feedlot cattle 2020-111: Enhancing diagnostic methods for rapid and accurate detection of macrolide resistance in Mannheimia haemolytica 2020-109: Using watering bowls to monitor the respiratory bacterial resistome in cattle by location and time within the feedlot 2020-107: Towards 1-step testing – rapid identification of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) viruses to inform vaccine use & development 2019-114: A screen for drugs that reveal Mycoplasma bovis to the bovine immune system 2019-006: Genomic epidemiology and rapid detection of Mycobacterium paratuberculosis infections (Johne’s disease) in Saskatchewan cattle 2018-138 Managing calves before arrival at the feedlot to reduce infectious disease, antimicrobial use & resistance: What is it worth & An Interactive Tool to Inform Johne’s Disease Control in Beef Herds: What Test, When and How Often 2018-137: Treatment guidance for Bovine respiratory disease: Optimizing prudent and economical antimicrobial decision making. 2018-136: Use of bacteriophage-derived lysins in combatt􀄴ing multi-drug resistant (MDR) pathogens that cause bovine respiratory disease (BRD) 2018-135: Comparison of immune response & respiratory disease sparing effect of homologous & heterologous vaccine programs inneonatal calves 2017-147: Mycoplasma bovis antimicrobial resistance determination by MALDI-TOF MS: feasibility and practical application pilot study. 2017-146: Enhanced Vaccine Adjuvant Platform for Nasal Administration in Livestock 2017-145: Alternative Trace Mineral Supplementation Strategies for Improved Cow Performance 2017-094: Development of a novel vaccine for protection against Mycoplasma bovis infections in feedlot cattle 2016-186: Effect of Ergot on Beef Bull Fertility 2016-084: A field comparison of intranasal versus injectible BRD vaccination on beef calf titres, ADG, morbidity and mortality

  • Animal Nutrition & Management | My Site

    Home Back to Results Main 2021-093: Exploring the potential of including chicory in pasture for beef cattle 2020-113: Evaluation of animal variability in fiber digestion and strategies to improve forage use in beef cattle 2020-106: Sulfate removal from agricultural ponds for improved cattle health: evaluating regional and local controls 2019-126: Level of canola source fat in pregnant beef cow diets - effects on cow and calf performance 2019-121: Strategies to address mineral nutrition in the face of poor water quality 2019-116: Stocking density and feed bunk space as a risk factor for liver abscesses 2019-115: Accelerated and targeted discovery of cellulases using high resolution meta-omes of multiple ruminant species 2019-005: The use of sensory additives to boost feed intake and immune function of newly arrived feedlot cattle 2018-101: Proof of concept study for the delivery of a respiratory probiotic to feedlot cattle via the feed. 2018-099: Butyrate as a novel functional ingredient for feedlot cattle. 2018-097: Use of high - moisture corn products for finishing cattle and the corn stover for extensive grazing 2017-003: Addressing Livestock Water Security Through Sulphate Removal Using Bioadsorbent Materials and Modified Forms 2016-086: Optimizing ruminal fermentation using silage and cereal grain inclusion strategies for backgrounding and finishing steers 2016-006: Performance, Environmental and Economic Benefits of BioChar Supplementation in Beef Cattle Grazing Systems

  • Genomics | My Site

    Home Back to Results Main 2021-098: Genomic variations associated with gestation length in beef cattle 2021-090: Bovine Reproductive Syndromic Sequencing Panel 2020-104: Investigating the Role of GDF11 in muscle and fat deposition in Beef Cattle 2017-149: The forage efficient beef cow: Investigating into the underlying physiology 2017-095: Evaluating long term benefits of genomic selection programs in beef cattle breeding programs

  • Economic Sustainability | My Site

    Home Back to Results Main 2019-118: Evaluating Premiums for Weaned Calves Marketed with Value-Added Management Characteristics 2017-140: Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey II: Understanding Practices and Profitability 2017-048: Implications of Carbon Pricing for Canada’s Beef Sector: Quantitative Analysis and Assessment of Revenue Recycling Policies 2017-004: Enhancing the Efficiency of Computer Vision Carcass Data Capture and Reporting for Feedlots and Packing Plants 2016-189: The Economics of Forage-Based Backgrounding Programs in Conventional and Non-Conventional Beef Production Systems 2016-109: Factors Affecting the adoption and exploitation of data management systems in the Canadian beef industry

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    Home Economic Sustainability Genomics Animal Health Animal Nutrition & Management Environmental Stewardship Forage and Feed Technology

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  • Reasearch Priorities | My Site

    Home Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association Research Priorities 2022 The SCA also makes investments in research, development and promotion of the beef cattle industry in Saskatchewan. The Board of Directors, works to 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 SCA adheres to and follows The Cattle Development Plan Regulations, The Agri-Food Act, 2004 and its regulations, and all applicable board orders. ​ The next research proposal intake deadline is April 15, 2022 through the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund If you have any questions, please contact Marianne Possberg at production@saskbeef.com See below for more details about the SCA research priorities. Click here for Research Results Page Economic Stability 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. a) Understand proper incentivization of greenhouse gas mitigation strategies, What policies and strategies will create more sequestration and reduce emissions that benefit producers? b) Note the implication of the carbon tax on farms and ranches. How does this affect consumers and their purchase power, leading to their nutrition? How does it affect producers who have diversified to produce ethanol and other products throughout the chain. c) Provide a numerical ranking of the financial costs per tonne of carbon equivalent mitigation techniques d) Understand the costs and benefits of a more traceable system, also given that improved traceability might come with more benchmarking abilities. e) Understand the potential effect of Chronic Wasting Disease on cattle & the cattle industry f) Complete a gap analysis of, and note barriers to the implementation of better vaccinating strategies and changing management practices to note preconditioning, reduced stress, etc. Genomics a) Provide knowledge needed to improve breeding strategies b) Investigate and supply tools to enable breeders to move faster towards breeding goals c) Improve upon markers available to note fleshing ability d) Investigate and develop cross breed trait selection ability for milk production, which also takes into account fertility and calving ability e) Investigate better tools, diagnostics, and programs for commercial cattle breeders. f) Investigate the impact of animal genetics on disease susceptibility and resistance. g) Identify genes with functional roles in microbiological and physiological processes that affect feed intake and efficiency in feedlot and cowcalf production. Animal Health a) Develop and promote cost-effective vaccination and management strategies that can be widely adopted throughout the beef production system to improve health, reproductive and performance outcomes b) Re-invest in vaccine development, with a specific focus on pathogens such as Mycoplasma spp, liver abscesses, foot rot, and digital dermatitis Re-invest in vaccine development, with a specific focus on pathogens such as Mycoplasma spp, liver abscesses, foot rot, and digital dermatitis c) Investigate and develop simple, cost-effective alternative vaccine delivery methods to improve vaccination rates. d) Evaluate the cost-effectiveness of pain control products and strategies for avoiding or mitigating acute and chronic pain. e) Develop cost-effective non-antimicrobial products to prevent, treat and control disease.. f) Identify or develop management or treatment options that lead to improved control of internal and external parasites g) Develop a durable, reliable cattle tracing system and vaccination system for in-field and rough conditions. h) Create solutions to better manage unwanted bulls entering the feedlot, to alleviate aggression and riding from the animal. Animal Nutrition and Management a) Identify cost-effective agronomic strategies to increase feed grain energy yield per acre b) Develop new feed grain varieties with improved feed grain energy yield per acre, nitrogen and water use efficiency c) Identify, evaluate and calculate the cost-effectiveness of alternative / by-product energy feeds, considering impacts on animal performance, health, product quality, and nutrient management d) Develop cost-effective mitigation and neutralization strategies for ergot and mycotoxins in pellets, hay, and grain for cow-calf and feedlot cattle. e) Improve upon rapid mycotoxin test results (non-DON) f) Determine the appropriate levels of DON in feed before it affects the performance of cattle. g). Identify long-term efficient and cost-effective solutions to treat water not otherwise suitable for cattle to drink. h) Determine benefits of the forage byproducts of newer, economically feasible, crops in Saskatchewan i) Conduct an evidence-based risk-assessment of the effectiveness of alternative production practices (e.g. preconditioning, methods of reducing stress in weaned calves) j) Develop cost-effective nutritional and other management strategies to effectively reduce the need for antimicrobials to control liver abscesses k) Develop a better understanding of the respiratory and gut microbiomes, their establishment and development in the neonate, and their relation to immunity and disease. Environmental Stewardship a) Investigate the role of forage management in maintaining a healthy environment, as it pertains to wildlife, soil health, economic viability, and animal condition. b) Quantify nitrogen and phosphorus excretion rates in grazing animals & manure applications, and phosphorus runoff and leaching impacts on water quality / eutrophication c) Quantify factors impacting the rate and extent of carbon sequestration in tame and native pastures within ecosystems and soils in Saskatchewan. d). Quantify the impacts of native and tame pasture management on water use, cycles and watersheds across Western Canada. Forage and By-products a) Expand communication and technology transfer programs which target producers b) Develop new annual and perennial grass and legume varieties with improved stand longevity, quality, yield, and adaptability (e.g. flood and drought resistance) through traditional and/or advanced plant breeding techniques c) Quantify varietal and species differences in the ability of grasses, legumes and annual forages to maintain nutritional quality throughout the grazing season and in extended stockpiled or swath grazing systems to help inform producers’ seed selection decisions d) Investigate and refine regionally-appropriate methods of combining native, tame (annual and perennial) species and extended winter grazing practices to lengthen the grazing season and reduce winter feeding costs, while meeting animal requirements e) Investigate methods to better utilize forages and forage by-products. f) Identify and develop methods to control noxious weeds throughout the province, including but not limited to leafy spurge, burdock, absinthe, and scentless chamomile. g) Determine economic benefits of cover cropping and intercropping throughout different regions of Saskatchewan. h) Identify or develop improved grazing and range management strategies that optimize forage and beef production from native range, tame perennial pastures, and/or annual/perennial mixtures; along with agronomic and economic benefits. i) Develop and/or expand feed and forage qualities within common crops in western Canada. j) Develop new feed grain varieties with improved feed grain energy yield per acre, N and water use efficiency. k) Identify, evaluate and calculate the cost effectiveness of alternative / by-product energy feeds, considering impacts on animal performance, health, product quality, and nutrient management. l) Develop feeding strategies to optimize animal performance, nutritional value and cost of gain (e.g. ideal forage inclusion rates, grain processing/blending, high moisture corn, wheat, etc.). m) Identify or develop improved grazing and range management strategies that optimize forage and beef production from native range and tame perennial pastures. Technology and Engineering a) Develop methods to more easily distribute water to cattle in remote areas b) Create products that would ease transitions for cattle into newer areas such as feedlots and backgrounding areas. c) Validate or improve technologies such as invisible fencing, GPS locators, animal tracking, etc. ​