Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (formerly Beef Cattle Research & Teaching Unit)
The University of Saskatchewan, through livestock and forage research programs carried out by faculty within the College of Agriculture and Bioresources (College of Ag&Bio) and the WCVM, has established itself as a national leader in basic and applied research across the livestock value chain. Complementing this research capacity has been applied research programs carried out by the Western Beef Development Centre at the UofS-owned Termuende Farm near Lanigan, and funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Province of Saskatchewan.
Recognizing the importance of the livestock and forage industries as significant economic drivers in Saskatchewan and Canada, in April, 2014, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture formed the LFSC to review research, training, and outreach capacity, needs and opportunities within the province, to identify gaps, and to provide recommendations on courses of action that would enhance research productivity and training capacity in a meaningful and cost-effective manner.
The LFSC recognized, with the convergence of the research strengths of the UofS and WBDC, the commitments to collaboration by an engaged industry, and the support of the provincial and federal governments, an opportunity presented to establish a centre of excellence of international stature with globally exceptional capacity to undertake transformative innovation integrating the entire livestock and forage value chain. The LFSC recommended the formation of the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence. Such an integrated infrastructure, will adddress key issues in animal health, management, nutrition, food safety, animal care, and forage production, will significantly increase capacity for industry-relevant research, training and knowledge transfer within a multidisciplinary environment, and will extend the reputation of the UofS and the Province of Saskatchewan through national and international leadership.
The vision for the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence was a collaborative initiative fully supported by the UofS, the Province, and industry, and indeed recognizing that priorities are aligned and all partners are committed to the success of this project.
The consolidation of research infrastructure will be transformative for the university’s livestock and forage reputation for innovation, creating a host of benefits to researchers, students, the province and industry. Increased efficiencies in management of facilities are made possible by co-location and integration. Opportunities for collaboration are created, including cross-disciplinary and innovative programs that more effectively link basic and applied research. This creates greater capacity for translational research that has a direct benefit to producers, and drives socio-economic impact provincially, nationally and internationally.
- LFCE Component one: Relocation and development of the Beef Cattle Research & Teaching Unit (BCRTU) from the main campus in Saskatoon to the Clavet Farm located approximately 32 km southeast of the UofS campus.
- LFCE Component two: The full development of the Floral site (approximately 15 km southeast of the UofS campus) to consolidate the Western Beef Development Centre (WBDC) facilities and research program with the research program of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).