Research & Development

ABP Call for Letters of Intent

Status: Open

Deadline: June 24, 2015

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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 million targeted call for proposals is to focus on forage research priority areas benefiting Alberta’s cattle producers. Forage is the key driver of Alberta’s cattle industry competitiveness, accounting for two-thirds of costs. The targeted priority areas have been established based on producer input of gaps and areas determined as having the greatest benefit on profitability and contribution to growth and sustainability of the industry.

Targeted Research Priorities:
1. Improved grazing, management, and forage mixture strategies that optimize hay yields and beef production from native range and tame pastures.
2. Quantification of 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.
3. Quantification of cereal forage variety differences in digestibility, nutrient profile for extended (stockpiled, bale or swath) grazing and ensiling potential.
4. Evaluation of yield, nutrient profile, and animal performance of new forage varieties in geographical regions beyond the development region.
5. Utilization and management strategies of forage varieties and mixtures to improve feed efficiency, reduce incidence of nutritional disorders, and improve reproduction.
6. Development of perennial and annual forage varieties with improved nutritive value and agronomic characteristics (e.g. yield, stand longevity and persistence, improved resource use efficiency, drought resistance, disease resistance, carbon sequestration ability, etc.).

Research proposals will be evaluated for their likelihood to enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of Alberta’s cattle herd over the short and long term, based on five criteria:
1. Relevance to the identified research priorities stated above,
2. Scientific merit, including statistical power calculations and economic analysis where applicable,
3. A clear communication and technology transfer plan to facilitate the uptake of research by the beef and forage industries,
4. Potential for impact on profitability, productivity and/or sustainability,
5. Inventiveness and originality for one-off projects, or an explicit explanation of how the project fits into a larger research program.

All proposals submitted to ABP must follow the guidelines outlined in the Instructions & Guidelines for Submitting a Letter of Intent & Research Proposal document.

2015 ABP Letter of Intent

Deadline for submission is June 24, 2015.

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 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.

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

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 karins@albertabeef.org 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 http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/disposal-of-cattle-mortalities-55.

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: www.cattle.ca.