Research Funding to Help Grow the Industry and Benefit Livestock and Forage Producers
Today Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced $3.4 million in funding for 23 livestock and forage research projects. Funding for these projects is provided through the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).
"Saskatchewan is a world leader in agricultural research," said Ritz. "The Agriculture Development Fund and work done in the province's research institutions help producers innovate to strengthen our economy here in Saskatchewan and across Canada."
"Research is vital to the future of our industry and ranchers across Saskatchewan will benefit from these projects," Stewart said. "Our government's continued commitment to innovation will help our producers remain competitive and will continue to ensure Saskatchewan produces safe, reliable agriculture products."
Livestock and forage projects receiving funding in 2013 include:
* New forage barley for beef and dairy producers;
* Development of oral and needle-free vaccines for calves;
* Analysis of sheep health in the province;
* New nutritional feeds for piglets;
* Improving the energy value in high-protein feed;
* DNA testing technologies for cattle;
* Improved production management tools for cow-calf operations;
* Development of new vaccines for poultry; and
* Field-testing a vaccine against chronic wasting disease.
To read the complete SK Ministry of Ag News Release, click here.
Posted January 23, 2013