Regina, Sask. – Saskatchewan’s hog, beef and poultry sectors will benefit from $3.5 million in funding going toward livestock and forage-related research in the province.
The funding, which comes through the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF), will be awarded to 26 research projects. Annual operating funding will also continue to come through the ADF to the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization ($300,000), the Prairie Swine Centre ($330,000) and the Western Beef Development Centre ($395,000).
Some of the research projects that will receive funding include:
• Genetic improvements to forage crops;
• Analyzing corn grazing methods to extend the grazing season;
• Analyzing mineral levels in pastures to determine mineral supplement programs;
• Controlling prevalent and emerging diseases in poultry, cattle and swine;
• Pellet quality, diet analysis and nutritional enhancements for cattle and bison;
• Improving radio frequency identification tag retention in cattle; and,
• Improving feed intake and growth of piglets.
The funding follows the announcement of $8.3-million in financial support through the ADF for crop-related research in Saskatchewan. ADF funding is provided under the federal/provincial Growing Forward framework.