December 04, 2018

Canada is Modernizing Research Facilities

Canada is modernizing its research facilities and putting more money into agricultural research

University of Saskatchewan: The University of Saskatchewan newly built Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence ( encompasses the new Beef Cattle Research and Teaching Unit, the Forage and Cow-Calf Unit, and the Goodale Research Farm. The world class facility which has been in the planning phase for 15 years costed about $28 Million. Within the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence are 3 integrated units sitting on 2,400 acres.

The Beef Cattle Research and Teaching Unit includes a demonstration low-stress livestock handling area featuring a Bud-box, 24 individual stalls for housing and feeding for studies where intensive measurements are required, 3 laboratory spaces to facilitate sample drying, grinding, sample preparation, and processing, a classroom/meeting area, and space for graduate students to work. In addition, the facility includes up to 6 silage bunkers, a commercial-style commodity bay for dry ingredients, and a micro-nutrient mixing and delivery system used to support small pen (44 pens with 15 animals/pen) and large pen (4 pens with 200 animals/pen) research.

The Forage and Cow Calf Unit includes land allocated for perennial and annual grazing and winter feeding studies for 300 cows. The facility includes a calving barn, 6 large calving pens (50 cow/pen) and 12 small pens capable of housing 15 cows/pen.

The Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence provides a hub for beef cattle and forage researchers within the College of Agriculture, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, and College of Engineering. The cutting edge research facilities increase the capacity, relative to the previous facilities, and will allow students and faculty to address a wide array of research questions helping to improve environmental sustainability, feed efficiency, profitability, and animal health and welfare of beef cattle production. In addition, the facility allows for new teaching, training, and research communication opportunities.