Deadline: June 1, 2016
Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) and the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) are pleased to invite applications of research and development in areas that address targeted industry priorities.
The purpose of this $1.5 million targeted call for proposals is to focus on antimicrobial use and resistance research priority areas benefiting Alberta’s cattle producers. Antimicrobial stewardship is key to maintaining the Alberta beef industry’s social license to operate, and continued efficacy of products available to the cattle industry. Antimicrobial usage must be prudent, and used most effectively. The targeted priority areas have been established based on producer and expert analysis of significant knowledge and/or technology gaps that require additional research to inform sound decisions regarding the use of antimicrobials by producers in the beef industry and wider antimicrobial policy decisions. Addressing antimicrobial use and resistance issues will provide opportunities for the development of tools and management strategies to increase the competitiveness of the beef industry and aid in maintaining public confidence in the beef industry.
Targeted Research Priorities:
Research proposals will be evaluated for their likelihood to enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of Alberta’s cattle producers over the short and long term, based on five criteria:
Projects may be between 1 and 3 years in duration, with all project activities completed by September 30, 2019.
All proposals submitted to ABP must follow the guidelines outlined in the Instructions & Guidelines for Submitting a Letter of Intent & Research Proposal document, posted on the ABP website at www.albertabeef.org/page/research.
Deadline for submission is June 1, 2016.
Please note that Karin will be on holidays from May 14-June 6 inclusive, if there are questions about the application process please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-451-1173 prior to May 14.
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.
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: www.cattle.ca.