Research & Development

ABP & SCAIDF Call for Letters of Intent


Status: Open
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

  • Investigate cost effective and practical technologies or management practices to mitigate the adverse animal health and welfare effects of mycotoxin infected feed
  • Develop and promote cost-effective vaccination and/or management strategies that can be widely adopted throughout beef production systems to improve health, reproductive and/or production outcomes.

Forage and Grassland productivity

  • Develop new annual and perennial grass and legume varieties with improved stand longevity, quality, yield and adaptability through traditional and/or advanced plant breeding techniques
  • 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.

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:

  • Relevance to the identified research priorities stated above,
  • Scientific merit, including statistical power calculations and economic analysis where applicable,
  • A clear communication and technology transfer plan to facilitate the uptake of research by the beef industry, and to communicate results to the public and policy makers,
  • Potential for impact on profitability, productivity and/or sustainability,
  • Inventiveness and originality for one-off projects, or an explicit explanation of how the project fits into a larger research program.

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 and

Deadline for submission is April 20, 2018.
Download the application form here.

ABP Research Mission Statement

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:

  • Fund research projects which have the greatest potential to economically benefit Alberta producers
  • Encourage continued funding of research by other organizations
  • Enhance the technology transfer, extension education and communication of research relevant to ABP
  • Leverage ABP resources to maximize return on research investment
  • Remain accountable to the ABP board, delegates and organization, including subcommittees
  • Approach research priorities proactively
  • Encourage two way communication with membership

National Research Strategy

National research information can be found on the Beef Cattle Research Council website at

ABP was involved in the creation of and fully supports the National Beef Research Strategy, which can be found here: National Strategy.

ABP Research in Progress

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.

Economic & Trade Studies

Animal Health and Welfare

Forage, Feed Grains & Pasture Management

Beef Quality

Genetics and Breeding

Food Safety

Western Canadian Cow Calf Survey

Animal Health, Research, & Technical Issues

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 or (403) 275-4400.

Past Beef Research

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.

Livestock Disposal

Handling Deadstock

Pros and cons of five different livestock disposal methods, along with directions on how to properly compost deadstock can be found at

Livestock Biosecurity

Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) can have a devastating effect on the health and welfare of livestock and on the economic viability of livestock operations. The Canadian Cattlemen's Association Biosecurity Standard and Implementation Manual can be found here: