New study evaluates importance of forage for animal health and beef quality

By:Joanne Paulson

Beef producers have been raising animals in feedlots for decades and they continue to ask an important question: how much forage do beef cattle need to both stay healthy and build ...

On-site calving rotations mark a first for USask

By:Nykole King

For the first time, senior veterinary students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are participating in calving rotations at a University of Saskatchewan (USask) f...

USask Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence hires new director

Dr. Scott Wright (PhD) has been selected to lead the University of Saskatchewan’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence as director, effective May 19.

Boosting beef production through better biology approaches

By:USask Research Profile and Impact

A multi-agency research team led by University of Saskatchewan (USask) veterinary reproductive biologist Dr. Gregg Adams (DVM, PhD) aims to make rapid strides in improving the prod...

USask animal scientists extend winter grazing by feeding corn and corn residue to beef cattle

By:Lana Haight

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan are exploring new ways to extend the winter grazing season for cattle by using what’s left after farmers harvest corn.

USask awarded $6.76M to help revive North American bison population, strengthen Canadian cattle industry

By:Greg Basky for USask Research Profile and Impact

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) has been awarded $6.76 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to help conserve bison and other threatened animal species and...

Annual research forum highlighted producers’ perspectives on science at the farmgate

By:Lana Haight

Beef and forage scientists connected with farmers and ranchers via a virtual platform this week to increase their understanding of how to improve the beef and forage industries usi...

USask is seeking a new director for the LFCE

The University of Saskatchewan is seeking a Director for the LFCE to provide administration of LFCE research, teaching and outreach programs and oversight of financial and physical...

USask researchers put forages to the test in intensive grazing trial

By:Lana Haight

A University of Saskatchewan graduate student is combining her love of cattle and her keen interest in forages as she seeks to answer questions many producers are asking about new ...

Improved triticale variety offers another option in crop rotation for cattle producers

By:Lana Haight

Cattle producers looking for silage to rotate with barley may want to consider a newer variety of triticale, according to research conducted at the University of Saskatchewan.

LFCE moves into next stage of development with new appointments as senior leaders retire

By:Lana Haight

The University of Saskatchewan’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence is moving into its third year of operation with three new leaders eager to transition the centre into the...

SaskTel and USask collaborate to foster and support innovation in agriculture

SaskTel and the University of Saskatchewan (USask) announced today that they are partnering to launch a “living laboratory” at the university’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excel...

Bison calves born after new in vitro fertilization technique is successful

By:Lana Haight

It’s a rare privilege to welcome newborn bison calves into the world. It’s even more rare when those calves are the fruit of your labour.

Burglar bees help spread of honey bee infection


It may sound like a tall tale, but burglar honey bees raiding nearby hives is contributing to the spread of a disease called American foulbrood (AFB) in Saskatchewan.

Annual polycrop is compared to barley in a USask research study

By:Lana Haight

Growing an annual polycrop for beef cattle isn’t a silver bullet to extend grazing, but producers may still see some benefits when the crop is managed properly, according to resear...

Termuende and Goodale animals calving at new home south of Clavet

By:Lana Haight

Calving at the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence is close to hitting the half-way point after about three weeks of calving.

Beef cattle water sulphate study shows more research is needed

By:Lana Haight

Scientists at the University of Saskatchewan are surprised that research they published today shows beef cattle can tolerate higher concentrations of sulphates in drinking water th...

UPDATE: June 23 LFCE Summer Field Day presented by Canadian Western Agribition postponed

The LFCE’s second annual summer field day for producers was scheduled for June 23. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have postponed the field day.

Scientists pitch ideas at third annual beef and forage research forum

By:Lana Haight

Scientists from the University of Saskatchewan and other institutions are gaining a better understanding of the priorities of those who fund beef cattle and forage research.

New drug protocol may reduce pain during castration

By:Amanda Loeffen

A Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) researcher and his team are looking into new options for pain management during castration of beef calves.

Researchers seek to provide accurate picture of beef cattle’s impact on GHG emissions

By:Lana Haight

Eat less beef…save the planet! It’s a common theme on social media and among celebrities. Yet, researchers at the University of Saskatchewan are working to show that beef cattle in...

New $2.35-M USask research chair targets improved health and productivity in beef herds

By:USask Research Profile and Impact

With $2.35 million from the federal government and the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC), University of Saskatchewan (USask) veterinary researcher Dr. Cheryl Waldner will underta...

USask livestock and poultry researchers awarded nearly $7M

By:USask Research Profile and Impact

Twenty University of Saskatchewan (USask) projects have been awarded nearly $7 million through a joint federal-provincial government funding program to advance cattle, swine and po...

LFCE joins Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

By:Lana Haight

The Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence is demonstrating its commitment to advancing the livestock industry by joining the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.

Two new members join LFCE’s Strategic Advisory Board

By:Lana Haight

The members of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence welcomed two new board members at their fall meeting.

‘Why wait?’ researchers work toward bison biobank

By:Victoria Wallace

The day begins beautifully. The sun is shining and the vivid blue sky stretches out over the never-ending prairies. I’m at the Specialized Livestock Research Centre — part of the U...

Canadian Western Agribition contributes $100,000 to USask Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence

Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) announced today a contribution of $100,000 over the next decade to the University of Saskatchewan’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFC...

Research from the ground up

By:Rigel Smith

After a successful first year, the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) continues to provide unique research opportunities for live...

New USask Beef Industry Chair aims to improve sustainability and profitability

Gabriel Ribeiro, the new Saskatchewan Beef Industry Chair at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), will be developing nutritional strategies to improve health, performance and pr...

Successful calving seasons start with balanced nutrition

By:Lana Haight

The 2019 calving season at the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence began long before the first calf hit the ground this spring.

WCVM researcher receives beef industry award

By:Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC)

Dr. John Campbell, a leader in beef animal health and welfare, has been awarded the 2019 Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation. Campbell was honoured...

WCVM researchers receive $5.6-million for advanced diagnostics research

The future of diagnostic testing for livestock disease could fit into the palm of your hand.

Large crowd gathers for first annual summer field day for producers

By:Lana Haight

Facts, friends and food - and lots of each – combined for a hugely successful first annual summer field day for producers at the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence.

Veterinarian looking at ways to manage TB in northern bison herd

By:Lana Haight

A Parks Canada scientist is conducting research on bovine tuberculosis in bison to improve diagnosis of the disease and to develop better vaccines. This research is conducted in co...

Merck Animal Health announces $250K investment to advance livestock and forage research

The University of Saskatchewan today announced details of a 10-year, $250,000 investment from Merck Animal Health for its Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) – a visio...

Researchers studying barley processing options in feed trial at the LFCE

By:Lana Haight

Steamed or soaked? Mid-flake or coarse-flake? These are the questions that University of Saskatchewan researchers are exploring as they determine how best to process barley for cat...

Triticale silage the focus of LFCE feeding trial

By:Lana Haight

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan are evaluating triticale silage as a potentially viable option for feeding steers compared to barley silage.

LFCE receives payment for sustainability

By:Lana Haight

The Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence has received its first payment as part of the Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration pilot project.

Scientists pitch research to funding agencies

By:Lana Haight

It wasn’t quite the Dragon’s Den, but beef and forage scientists participated in a day-long pitch party with funding agencies this week.

Water quality research first project in state-of-the-art metabolism barn and labs

By:Lana Haight

The first scientific study in the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Metabolism Barn at the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence will identify how different levels of sulpha...

Boehringer Ingelheim forges partnership with LFCE

The University of Saskatchewan has announced a five-year partnership and $250,000 contribution from research-driven pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. that w...

U of S Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence celebrates grand opening

By:U of S Communications

Today the University of Saskatchewan and its partners launched the $38-million Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE), a world-class complex of field and science laborato...

U of S appoints new director for its Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence

By:U of S Communications

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has appointed Kris Ringwall as the new director of its Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE), a powerhouse for innovative researc...

Rangeland ecologist's work a balancing act

By:HenryTye Glazebrook

It’s possible you’ve never heard of leafy spurge. But if you live in the Prairies, you’ve likely seen its lanky stalks and mustard-yellow buds standing out amongst the endless fiel...

Sleeping with the devil or a new beginning — you choose!

By:John McKinnon

Many of you may be aware of a recent donation of $5 million by A&W to the University of Saskatchewan’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence.

Farm Credit Canada makes investment in the future of agriculture

By:U of S Communications

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has committed $100,000 towards the construction of the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) — a world-class facility that will unite livestock ...

Moya targets better welfare, productivity balance for beef cattle

By:Kathy Fitzpatrick

In January, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) will welcome its new beef cattle ethologist — Dr. Diego Moya — to the college’s team of large animal specialists.

U of S searches for centre director

By:WCVM Today

The University of Saskatchewan is searching for the right person to lead the new Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence.

A&W advances the U of S global leadership in beef and forage research

By:University Communications

A&W has made a substantial investment in the Canadian beef industry with a $5-million donation toward the University of Saskatchewan’s (U of S) Livestock and Forage Centre of Excel...

Federal funding for livestock-forage research centre

Government of Canada invests $4.47 million for U of S Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence

Teamwork will bring better health to cattle

By:HenryTye Glazebrook

Dr. Nathan Erickson wants to breathe new life into cattle disease control — literally.

LFCE offers a reproductive network

By:HenryTye Glazebrook

You might not think it to look at them, but cows can provide an excellent parallel to a woman’s reproductive system.

Next generation will have field day with LFCE

By:HenryTye Glazebrook

With years of experience behind their names, Bart Lardner and Paul Jefferson are seasoned pros in their fields.

LFCE will secure future of cattle production

By:HenryTye Glazebrook

When Ryder Lee talks about the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE), what gets him most excited about the project is how it will affect the bottom line of cattlemen acr...

New centre expands circle of contact

By:HenryTye Glazebrook

Joe Stookey loves talking to beef cattle producers – anywhere and any time. If there are beef cattle in the background, he loves it even more. And if he’s going to have coffee, he ...

Research key to weathering market changes

By:HenryTye Glazebrook

In a lifetime worth of work in cow-calf and cattle feeding research, John McKinnon has watched time and again as the beef industry has ebbed and flowed.

Students see value in LFCE

By:HenryTye Glazebrook

When Cassidy Maidment first came to the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), she was planning on chasing her dream career in veterinary medicine. But once she got to campus, a whol...

LFCE’s uplifting effect on research

By:HenryTye Glazebrook

Bill Biligetu is always looking for ways to improve his research. What’s even better is when he can do so while simultaneously lifting up the work of his peers.

World's first IVF bison calves born at WCVM

By: Jeanette Neufeld

The four wood bison calves grazing beside their protective mothers look just like any other bison — but what makes these animals unique is the way they came into the world.

New centre to create lasting legacy

By:HenryTye Glazebrook

For Janice Bruynooghe, the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) isn’t just about research. It’s about creating a network between all facets of livestock industry and re...

Discovering manure’s massive potential

By:HenryTye Glazebrook

When your average person looks at manure, it’s possible they will get a little queasy about seeing it as anything more than animal waste. But for soil scientist Jeff Schoenau, with...

LFCE "a fantastic resource"

By:HenryTye Glazebrook

Veterinary researcher Dr. John Campbell shares his enthusiasm for the new Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE).

Unravelling a mystery

By:Glenn Cheater

The moment of conception is a surprisingly mysterious affair, but solving this puzzle has big implications.

What's the best spot for a feedlot?

By:Jeanette Stewart

Environmental testing at the future LFCE feedlot site will allow U of S researchers to determine what makes the best site for intensive livestock operations.

Cattle health economics

By:Elad Ben-Ezra

A new economic model could help determine the cost-benefit of preg-checking for cattle producers.

Redefining what it means to be a vet

By:Taryn Riemer

Being a veterinarian for most people means saving the lives of animals that are sick or in distress. For Dr. Brittany Wiese, being a veterinarian is that and so much more.

The grass can be greener

By:Glenn Cheater

Forage breeding doesn’t get much love, but Bruce Coulman knows it is key to healthy ecosystems and feeding the world.

Definitive diagnosis

By:Jair Gobbett

A U of S research team is working to develop a test that will allow veterinarians to make a definitive diagnosis of ergot poisoning in live animals.

A green manure machine

By:Federica Giannelli

U of S student Jennifer Town has found a more reliable way to make green energy from manure.

The (really) inside story

By:College of Agriculture and Bioresources

Animal welfare critics argue cattle aren’t designed to eat grain, but Greg Penner’s research shows there’s much more to the story