Today, at the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced a nearly $3.8 million investment in livestock and forage research.
“Investments in research help keep our livestock industry growing and strong,” said Stewart. “The knowledge that will result from the projects receiving funding will ensure our farmers and ranchers remain competitive into the future.”
The funding is provided through Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund. It will support 30 projects, involving topics ranging from ergot to PED, forage varieties to air quality systems, agricultural plastic recycling to cow/calf performance through diet.
The 30 livestock-related research projects will see a total investment of $3 758 917. The breakdown by commodity is as follows:
Forages $1 317 006
Beef $925 812
Swine $443 844
Poultry $330 200
Dairy $195 585
Other $546 470
“The tools developed through research help to keep our industry on the leading edge and contribute to increased profitability at the farm gate,” Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association President Doug Gillespie said.
“The livestock and forage sectors each make important contributions to the growth and prosperity of our rural communities and economy,” said Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz in a release. “Our government is proud to help producers increase their productivity and profitability through research and new innovations like vaccines and improvements in feed.”
Support for the Agriculture Development Fund is provided through Growing Forward 2.