January 20, 2016 7:01 pm
Updated: January 20, 2016 7:21 pm

Livestock and forage research in Sask. gets record-setting boost

The Saskatchewan and federal governments are putting $7.8 million toward 26 agriculture research projects. The private sector is also investing $800,000.

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SASKATOON – A total of $7.8 million from the federal and provincial governments is being designated for livestock and forage research projects. Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the record-setting investment Wednesday.

“Saskatchewan being so heavily involved in the crop sector … I think maybe the livestock sector has missed out a little on research funding in the past,” Stewart said at the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference Wednesday.

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Delivered through the Agriculture Development Fund, the money includes the $3.15 million core funding for the Prairie Swine Centre and the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization.

A study on beef cattle feed efficiency and nutrient status based on body temperature is included in the 26 research projects. Other efforts include a comparison of cicer milkvetch varieties and an initiative to control Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea.

An additional investment of $800,000 was announced from the private sector, including the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Association, the Western Grain Research Foundation, the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board and other groups.

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