Cattle fodder research - developing sustainable feeding opportunities in Special Areas and beyond

Project Details

Status: Active
Investment: $199,094
Commodity: Beef Cattle
Organization: Altario School
Investigator: Kevin Van Lagen

Consistent, year-round, affordable feed is key in the resurgence of local farms and ranches.

Why is this research important for Alberta ag?

In July 2023, Special Areas declared an agricultural disaster as prolonged drought conditions have created significant challenges for producers in the region. The drought has left many producers to sell parts of their cattle herds as they do not have enough feed or they need to sell cattle to afford feed. This is unsustainable and concerning for the agriculture sector in the area and beyond.

Consistent, year-round, affordable feed is key in the resurgence of local farms and ranches. The project will utilize the expertise of local members of the agriculture industry, hydroponic systems manufacturers, nutritionists, accountants, and college research teams.

This project looks at creating a reliable source of cattle feed in Special Areas. Specifically, the K-12 school will explore the viability and suitability of cattle fodder as a source of cattle rations.

What benefits can producers expect from this research?

This research aims to provide an opportunity for farmers who are doubting their ability to continue in the industry to survive and perhaps even see growth in their farm. It should also provide larger farms with new opportunities to grow the industry in Alberta.

How will these research findings reach producers on-farm?

Many project partners are already industry members, which will help to disseminate research findings. There is also a network of producers who are invested in research outcomes and are eager to adopt alternative feed solutions.

Altario School will host field tours and demonstrations on an ongoing basis to help interested parties better understand the effectiveness and affordability of cattle fodder.

Funded in part by the Government of Canada under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.