Research & Development


ABP & ALMA Call for Letters of Intent

Status: Open
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:

  • Identify and/or develop practical and economically viable modifications to current beef production practices that reduce the need for non-ionophore in-feed antimicrobials (e.g. tylosin and oxy/chlortetracycline). The development of pre/pro/synbiotics, the use of plant-based or other chemical antimicrobial alternatives, and vaccine development is considered outside of scope and will not be considered under this research call.
  • Identify and/or quantify differences in animal biological processes or genetics that affect animal health responses to high grain diets.
  • Develop and pilot rapid and/or chute-side diagnostic techniques that can identify antimicrobial resistant bovine pathogens and help inform antimicrobial treatment decisions in real-time.
  • Quantify baseline antimicrobial use data at both the cow/calf and feedlot levels.
  • Quantify the prevalence of antimicrobial resistance in bovine pathogens in cattle arriving at the feedlot prior to any antimicrobial treatment at the lot, and/or in cull cattle arriving for slaughter.

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:

  • 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 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

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 or 403-451-1173 prior to May 14.

2016 ABP Letter of Intent
2016 Instructions for Application

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

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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: