Projects Inventory

The Sustainability Projects Inventory is a database of completed and ongoing projects from CRSB members and non-members that align with the ten goals from the National Beef Sustainability Assessment and Strategy. These sustainability projects are designed to demonstrate, pilot or promote sustainability practices. 

The Annual Sustainability Projects Inventory Survey is open between April 1 and May 31 each year, it is open to both CRSB members and non-members.

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Cow-Calf

July 2017 - March 2019
Productivity and Greenhouse Gas Impacts of Cow-Calf Management Options
Sheilah Nolan
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Efficiency improvements in Canadian beef production between 1981 and 2011 have already reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 15%.

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Cow-Calf

Ongoing
Forage Program
Kristine Tapley
Ducks Unlimited

The Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) Forage Program helps conservation-minded producers, with the cost of planting forages so that you can...

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Cow-Calf

April 2002 - On-going
Multisar
Brad Downey
Alberta Conservation Association

MULTISAR is a grassroots program that has collaborated with producers for 18 years and focuses on increasing, maintaining, and improving...

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Cow-Calf NGOs Institutions/Academics

March 2012 - December 2018
Assessing Ecosystem Services in Alberta
Carrie Selin
Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute

The Ecosystem Services Assessment (ESA) project maps and quantifies ecosystem services produced on Alberta’s landscapes.

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Cow-Calf

On-going
Conservation Easements
Kristine Tapley
Ducks Unlimited Canada

While maintaining ownership, producers make a commitment to conserve the natural integrity of the habitats agreed upon between the producer...

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Cow-Calf

On-going
Revolving Land Conservation Program
Kristine Tapley
Ducks Unlimited Canada

Under this program, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) purchases land.

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Cow-Calf

2010 - On-going
Pollinator Habitat & Biodiversity Improvement
HOWIE BJORGE, P.AG.
ALUS CANADA

Pollinator Habitat & Biodiversity Improvement will be achieved through:

Planting trees, shrubs & herbaceous plants adjacent to cropland on sites with...

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Cow-Calf

September 2015 - March 2020
Multiple Approaches to Habitat Conservation: Finding the Right Fit Encourages Producers to Manage for Species at Risk Habitat
TOM HARRISON
SOUTH OF THE DIVIDE CONSERVATION ACTION PROGRAM INC.

The South of the Divide Conservation Action Program Inc. (SODCAP Inc.

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Feedlot

2019 - Ongoing
Cold Climate Floating Island Technology
SEAN THOMPSON
OLDS COLLEGE

Plants on the floating islands act as hyper-accumulators, taking up excessive nutrients from the water and the air, creating clean...

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Cow-Calf

Ongoing
Shell Buffalo Hills Conservation Ranch
KRISTINE TAPLEY
DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA

Shell Buffalo Hills Conservation Ranch is a is a fully operational cattle ranch that includes 4,130 acres of pristine, native...

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Cow-Calf

2010 - Ongoing
Riparian & Wetland Ecosystem Improvement
HOWIE BJORGE, P.AG.
ALUS CANADA

Riparian & Wetland Ecosystem Improvement will be achieved through:

Exclusion Fencing on Pasture Land to reduce livestock impact
Grassed buffer strips on...

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Cow-Calf NGOs Government

1992 - Ongoing
Cows and Fish
NORINE AMBROSE
ALBERTA RIPARIAN HABITAT MANAGEMENT SOCIETY

A handshake agreement started Cows and Fish in 1992 - a recognition that livestock producers needed a voluntary, proactive approach...

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Cow-Calf

2017 - Ongoing
Tantramar Community Pasture
KRISTINE TAPLEY
DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA

A unique partnership between Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and the Tantramar Community Pasture Association for the protection of a 100-acre...

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Cow-Calf

2010 - Ongoing
Touchwood Hills Conservation Ranch
KRISTINE TAPLEY
DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA

Touchwood Hills Conservation Ranch consists of 6,400 ac. characterized by rolling hills, ample wetlands and aspen parkland.

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Cow-Calf

Winter 2017 - Summer 2018
Demonstration of Monitors for Remote Watering Systems for Livestock
ALICIA SOPATYK
SK MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE

The use of remote watering systems for livestock can help to improve water quality, reduce soil erosion and protect riparian...

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Packer/Processor Retail/Foodservice Consumers

Feb 2018 - January 2019
Food Loss and Waste Project
MADISON MAGUIRE
SECOND HARVEST

Second Harvest worked with Value Chain Management International (VCMI) on a ground-breaking food loss and waste (FLW) project, funded by...

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Packer/Processor Retail/Foodservice Consumers

March 2018 - October 2019
FoodRescue.ca
MADISON MAGUIRE
SECOND HARVEST

FoodRescue. ca is the creation of Second Harvest, Canada's largest food rescue organization.

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Cow-Calf

2015 - 2018
Quantifying Yield and Quality of Perennial Varieties and Mixtures
KARIN SCHMID
ALBERTA BEEF PRODUCERS

Forage is a major input and a key cost of wintering cows.

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Cow-Calf Feedlot

2018 - 2021
Advancing knowledge translation and transfer to support sustainable livestock and forage production systems
KARIN SCHMID
ALBERTA BEEF PRODUCERS

Under Outcome 1 of the National Beef Research and Technology Transfer Strategy one of the  objectives is to establish collaborative...

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Cow-Calf Feedlot

2017 - 2020
Rancher Researcher Pilot
KARIN SCHMID
ALBERTA BEEF PRODUCERS

This project is funded by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s Industry and Market Development program.

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Cow-Calf

2015 - 2018
Best management practices for the re-introduction of sainfoin into existing alfalfa and grass pastures for western Canada
KARIN SCHMID
ALBERTA BEEF PRODUCERS

Forage is a major input and a key cost of wintering cows.

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Cow-Calf

1999 - Ongoing
Grazing Clubs
KRISTINE TAPLEY
DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA

Good pasture management is essential for cattle producers to be successful in the long term.

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Cow-Calf

2016 - Ongoing
Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiative
KRISTINE TAPLEY
DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA

Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives (MBFI) is a partnership between Manitoba Agriculture, Manitoba Beef Producers, Ducks Unlimited Canada and the...

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Cow-Calf Feedlot

March 2018 - Ongoing
Development of Farm Safety Plans
JODY WACOWICH
AGSAFE ALBERTA

The AgSafe Alberta Society was formed to be a producer led organization improving the safety culture on farms in Alberta.

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Cow-Calf Government

2018 - 2020
Manitoba agricultural film & twine recycling pilot project
KIM TIMMER
CLEANFARMS

This project provides Manitoba producers with recycling options for bale and silage wrap, grain bags and polypropylene twine.

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Feedlot Government

February 2016 - April 2019
Impact of Amended Feedlot Pen Surface on Cattle Health and Welfare, Environmental and Economic Sustainability
DR. STEVE HENDRICK
COALDALE VETERINARY CLINIC

This research project aims to assess the social, environmental, technological and economic performance (positive, negative or neutral) associated with housing...

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Consumers

2014 - Ongoing
“Worried About” Brochures
KARIN SCHMID
ALBERTA BEEF PRODUCERS

These brochures are intended primarily for a consumer audience, providing factual, science based information about beef production practices.

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Cow-Calf

March 2015 - January 2017
Comparison of a New Dugout Treatment Options and their Effects on Water Quality for Livestock
JEFF BRAIDEK
GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN

Water quality can affect both total water consumption and the general health of livestock.

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Cow-Calf

2008 - Ongoing
Re-Forestation with Native Trees & Eco-Buffer Shelterbelts
HOWIE BJORGE, P.AG.
ALUS CANADA

Windbreaks provide important shelter for cattle.

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Cow-Calf Forage Backgrounder

2011 - 2014
Reclamation of Saline Soil Using Perennial Forages
HOFFMAN, ADRIANA
WESTERN APPLIED RESEARCH CORPORATION

The beef industry has the ability to convert forages grown on marginal lands that are to steep, rocky or salty...

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Cow-Calf

April 2012 - Feb 2014
Impact of grazing management on forage productivity
JEFF BRAIDEK
GOVERNMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN

Forage productivity is has implications on long term financial viability.

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Cow-Calf Backgrounder NGOs

January 2015 - March 2018
Maintaining and Enhancing Wildlife Habitat
CRSB

Over 1000 species make their home on Canadian rangelands, their habitat regularly overlapping with agricultural landscapes, particularly livestock grazing operations.

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Consumers Retail/Foodservice Packer/Processor

February 2018 - September 2018
Consumer Perceptions of Beef Sustainability
CRSB

Consumer perceptions are key to communicating advancement in beef sustainability, and the CRSB completed its first consumer research project in...

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Cow-Calf Backgrounder Feedlot

January 2019 - April 2019
Sustainability within the Canadian Beef Sector: 2019 Olds College Student Project
CRSB

There are multiple resources available for the beef supply chain from producers through packers and processors to find information on...

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