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

Call for Letters of Intent

The call for letters of intent is now closed. Applicants will be notified on or prior to September 21, 2020 if they have been invited to submit a full proposal.

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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Getting the Most Out of Vaccine Programs (ANH.13.18)
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Exploring Non-Antibiotic Treatment Option to Manage Mycoplasma Bovis (ANH.01.19)
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How Have Prescription-only Antibiotic Sales Affected Antibiotic Use and Resistance in Cow-Calf Herds? (ANH.10.19)
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Feedlot Antibiotic Use and Resistance Surveillance (ANH.11.19)
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How Does Dam Energy Intake Affect Colostrum Quality and Calf Performance? (ANH.17.19)
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Refining New Diagnostics for BRD (ANH.18.19)
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Feeding Strategies to Reduce Liver Abscesses (ANH.14.19)
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Scratching the Surface: What is Making My Cattle Itchy? (ANH.03.20)
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Boosting Barley and Triticale Breeding (FDE.06.19)
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Determining the Impact of Mycorrhizal Fungi (FRG.08.20)
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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