Research and Development
Alberta Beef Producers Funding Application
2012 Call for Letters of Intent
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.
Trade and Economics Studies
Animal Health and Welfare Studies
Updated Mycoplasma Strains (0007-055)
Updated Improved BVD Vaccine (0007-113)
Updated 99.95% of long-haul and 99.98% of short-haul cattle reached their destination injury-free. Evaluating Industry Cattle Transport Practices Final Report (0022-002)
Animal Nutrition, Forages and Pasture Management Studies
Genetics and breeding Studies
Updated Effective DNA markers would help identify breeding stock that can produce replacement females that maintain body condition, or feeder cattle with more predictable carcass grades. DNA Markers for Carcass Traits Final Report (0007-039)
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 email@example.com 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.
An information sheet has been developed by the Carcass Disposal Committee to help livestock producers pre-select suitable disposal sites for mass carcass disposal. In instances where large numbers of carcasses must be disposed of, pre-selection of an environmentally suitable mass burial site would be beneficial to producers.
Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) can have a devastating effect on the health and welfare of livestock and on the economic viability of livestock operations. See the Livestock Biosecurity overview and checklist, to develop a biosecurity program for your operation to help reduce the chance or impact of an outbreak.