The University of Alberta announced Gleise M. Silva as the first Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) – Hays Chair in Beef Production Systems.

In the role, Silva will work with beef producers, translating her and her colleagues’ research on cow-calf production into practical advice.

Her work will help producers save money, maintain forage lands and advance the Canadian beef industry’s leadership in sustainable production. The position, which begins July 1, is funded by the BCRC and the Hays family, with additional support from McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada, and Cargill.

“[Producers] are the ones working hard for us from Monday to Sunday. So I want to help them get the most out of their production systems. I want my research to actually reach the people who need it the most,” says Silva.

The position is guaranteed for 10 years with responsibilities in teaching, research and extension, and will be based out of the U of A’s Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (ALES).

As a research chair Silva will work with other faculty researchers and will build a team of graduate students and support staff to create a powerful research group. Silva will have access to top research facilities such as the Roy Berg Kinsella and Mattheis research ranches.

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