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Rancher Researcher Pilot

KARIN SCHMID

ALBERTA BEEF PRODUCERS

2017 - 2020

Audience(s): Cow-Calf Feedlot   Project Type(s): Pilot

This project is funded by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry‚Äôs Industry and Market Development program.  It is designed as a pilot extension project that will link researchers directly with producers to examine new management practices or innovations that are applicable to their production systems, and why or why not producers adopt certain technologies. 

Interviews with eight ranchers (locations: Wardlow, Gem, Hanna, Didsbury, Consort, Innisfail, Vermilion, Fort MacLeod) have been completed to get an in-depth understanding of their operation, production practices and current technology adoption level. Herd size on these ranches ranges from 170 to nearly 1100 cows.

The innovations that each rancher has indicated they would like to pursue are: DNA parentage testing, precision ranching (use of drones), soil testing, pasture rejuvenation with legumes, dugout improvements, cost of production analysis, improving access to water, herd information management, low-stress weaning, BlueTooth technology (scale), pasture health/utilization/animal movements software, and DNA hybrid vigour testing. Note: some chose the same innovations to implement.

Goals:

Goal #9:Increase the financial viability of beef production in Canada

Goal #2: Reduce the greenhouse gas footprint of Canadian beef per unit of product produced

Indicators Addressed:
  • Innovation and technology are utilized to improve responsible production
  • Continuous learning regarding beef production is pursued
  • Grasslands, tame pastures and native ecosystems are maintained or enhanced
  • Soil health is maintained or enhanced.
  • Riparian areas, wetlands, surface and ground water sources and nutrient runoff are responsibly managed to help maintain or enhance watershed health.
  • Practices that support carbon sequestration and minimize emissions are understood and/or employed.
Communication Tools:

A tour was held at one of the participating ranches in the summer of 2018.  An industry forum is planned to disseminate results.  We are expecting that these participants will be champions of the expanded program under KTT and act as mentors for their peers.  Results will be communicated in newsletters, blogs, fact sheets, etc. as they become available.

Tagged as: Economic