The Saskatchewan livestock industry is an important part of Saskatchewan's agriculture industry contributing more than $1.7 billion in farm cash receipts in 2011. Saskatchewan has an extensive and affordable land base, as well as access to forage, hay, and feed grain production.
The livestock industry relies heavily on trade. Factors such as changes in feed prices, high exchange rates against American currency, labour shortages, higher input costs, and new policy regulations may result in lower profitability for livestock producers. Therefore, innovations are important for the livestock industry to improve profitability and competitiveness.
The livestock chairs work with other researchers and livestock producers to develop new knowledge and technologies. This supports a stronger beef value chain and a sustainable livestock sector that will continue to contribute significantly to the provincial economy.
The four SRP Chairs in the Livestock Development theme are:
Forage Crop Breeding - Dr. Bill Biligetu - Program Framework
- Goal - To develop and make available improved high-yielding and high-quality forage crop cultivars which will reduce the cost of production for producers, thus increasing economic returns.
Feed Research and Development - Dr. Peiqiang Yu - Program Framework
- To enable development and commercialization of feed research technologies developed in Saskatchewan
- To improve the competitive position of our livestock industry, and to increase economic returns to Saskatchewan
Cow-Calf and Forage Systems - Dr. Bart Lardner - Program Framework
- Goal -To enable the development and adoption of research technologies developed in Saskatchewan and worldwide that optimize productivity, intensification and efficiency of the cow-calf pair ultimately increasing the economic return to producers