Bree Kelln has been named to a new research chair position at the University of Saskatchewan. The Beef Industry Integrated Forage Management and Utilization Chair position was created to address a gap in forage research identified in 2012, that suggested that advancements in the Canadian forage industry meant advances in forage had not kept pace with developments in other crops.
Kelln will take on the role as of Sept. 1, 2022.
“We’re delighted to welcome Bree Kelln into her new role at the University of Saskatchewan,” said Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn (PhD), dean of the USask College of Agriculture and Bioresources. “She brings a wealth of knowledge from her previous experience with industry that involved agronomy, livestock, and extension.”
Kelln is a professional agrologist who has held leadership roles in agriculture that span across animal, plant and soil systems management. These include livestock information manager for DuPont Pioneer and various agronomy management roles. She is also the co-owner and former consultant for BeefSmart Consulting Inc., which finds ruminant nutrition solutions for producers.
Kelln was raised on a mixed grain and commercial cattle farm in Saskatchewan and continues to ranch with her family near Duval, Sask.
“My goal as the new Beef Industry IFMU Chair is to provide research that directly impacts the primary producer for the betterment of their operation and to ensure that my research is applicable on the farm,” says Kelln. “I love working with producers, so I am excited to take on this role where it’s integral to communicate with them and learn about their operations.”
Kelln obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science from USask. She will defend her PhD thesis in animal science at USask this spring. Her thesis research focuses on improving grazing capacity through introduction of bloat-free legumes in existing pasture stands.