University of Saskatchewan forage breeder and professor emeritus Dr. Bruce Coulman has been appointed the interim director of the school’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence.

Coulman will replace Kris Ringwall, who is retiring at the end of the month.

Ringwall joined the centre around the time it opened in late 2018 and oversaw the consolidation of staff and cattle herds from Termuende Ranch, Goodale Farm, and the Beef Cattle Research Unit into the new research facility south of Clavet, Sask.

“Kris has brought three distinct operations together under one roof and set us on the path towards a new and exciting way of carrying out innovative livestock and forage production research that that supports sustainability, profitability and environmental stewardship,” says Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn, the dean of the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, in a news post on the centre’s website.

Bruce Coulman (source: University of Saskatchewan)

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Coulman has developed 22 forage crop varieties over his 40-year career, which has included serving as the head of plant science departments at McGilll University and the University of Saskatchewan. He also worked as a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. In 2008, the Canadian Seed Trade Association gave Coulman its Canadian Plant Breeding and Genetics Award.

Having just celebrated the centre’s second anniversary this fall, the university says a search for a permanent director is underway.

“We find ourselves at an important juncture. We will look back at our brief past and learn from it while also looking forward as we head into the next chapter of the LFCE story. Seizing this opportunity will require the steady leadership that Bruce can provide in the coming months,” says Bedard-Haughn.

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