Province, feds announce $7.5 million for livestock and forage research

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Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced $7.5 million of federal-provincial funding through the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund, Jan. 27 at the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference.

“Through the ADF, producers benefit from research into new forage varieties, improved livestock feeding systems and management of animal diseases that drive industry growth,” Marit said. “This year’s projects will expand the growth potential of the industry by exploring topics such as water quality, cost of production, diagnostics supports, animal health, forage production, quality and breeding. Innovation helps our producers meet the Saskatchewan Growth Plan objectives of increasing livestock cash receipts to $3 billion and increasing value-added revenue to $10 billion by 2030.”

In addressing the conference virtually, Marit added, “supporting producers will remain a priority of our government.”

Some of that support will come through funding projects such as the $4.1 million Marit slated for livestock and forage research. The remaining $3.5 million is earmarked for the Prairie Swine Centre, and the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization at the University of Saskatchewan.

“The research projects announced today covered many areas important to Saskatchewan’s livestock industry,” Marit said. “They will impact producers across the commodities with studies that benefit beef cattle, bison, swine, poultry, dairy and sheep.”

Some of the research to be funded includes how removing sulphates from agricultural ponds. Another includes work using watering bowls to study antimicrobial resistance. A third project involves how cow/calf producers use production and financial information to make management decisions.

The ADF will receive a total of $324,000 from the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, the Saskatchewan Forage and Seed Development Corporation, Saskatchewan Alfalfa Seed Producers Development Commission, SaskMilk and Alberta Milk.

Marit added the government’s growth plan includes expanding the province’s cash receipts to $3 billion and increasing value-added revenue by $10 billion by 2030.

Keith Borkowsky, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Quad Town Forum