Development of training tools for feedlot producers to address workplace shortages

Project Details

Status: Completed
Investment: $52,555
Commodity: Beef Cattle
Organization: Alberta Cattle Feeders Association
Investigator: Janice Tranberg

A significant issue for feedlots is the lack of trained employees to work with cattle. With current high unemployment rates, there is an opportunity to hire Albertans, but many lack the required skills. This project aims to bridge that gap with extensive training in order to create useful employees.

Why is this research important for Alberta ag?

This is a knowledge translation/transfer project for Alberta feedlot producers to train workers. A significant issues for feedlots is the lack of trained employees to work with cattle. With current high unemployment rates, there is an opportunity to hire Albertans, but most unemployed people have little or no experience/knowledge of feedlot cattle; therefore, extensive training is required to create useful employees.

Producers do not have the time to develop training materials for their staff as they are busy with daily operations. This project aims to bridge that gap with extensive training in order to create useful employees. Alberta Cattle Feeders Association (ACFA) will lead development of practical training tools to ensure workers can do their job effectively, efficiently, and safely.

What benefits can producers expect from this research?

This project aims to reduce losses associated with poor job performance and high employee turn-over, including reductions in:

  • animal and human injuries

  • disease risks

  • poor performance of cattle and workers

  • chronics and railers

  • antimicrobial usage and risk of AMR development

  • drug costs

  • salvage slaughter losses

  • welface concerns

How will these research findings reach producers on-farm?

Researchers will work with ACFA feedlot members, the pharmaceutical industry, and feedlot veterinarians to develop and communicate training materials. Materials will be shared online, and at meetings and conferences.

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

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