ABP Research Mission Statement

The primary goal of the ABP Research Committee is to encourage practical, applied research that 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
  • Remain accountable to the ABP board, delegates and organization, including subcommittees
  • Encourage continued funding of research by other organizations
  • Approach research priorities proactively
  • Enhance the technology transfer, extension education and communication of research relevant to ABP
  • Encourage two-way communication with membership


Attention Researchers and Extension Agents: Calls for Letters of Intent

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) and Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) invite letters of intent (LOIs) for research projects as well as for technology transfer and production economics projects. The application deadline for these separate but concurrent calls is August 7, 2020 at 11:59 PM MT. 

The purpose of these two targeted calls is to achieve objectives in the Canadian Beef Research and Technology Transfer Strategy and the National Beef Strategy. These calls are made possible by the recent increase in the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off in most provinces, along with funds provided and administered by ABP. Producer check-off funds allocated to approved projects will need to be leveraged by other industry or government cash contributions. Match leverage funding does not have to be confirmed at the time an LOI is submitted but must be in place prior to BCRC contracting an approved project.

Target outcomes have been clearly defined for both calls through extensive consultation with research teams and industry stakeholders to identify critical needs and key areas where the BCRC and ABP can have the greatest impact. Please refer to the target outcomes listed within the Call for Letters of Intent documents linked below before deciding whether to submit an LOI.

All call-related information can also be found at www.beefresearch.ca on the Forms and Downloads page.

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:

ABP Research in Progress

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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