Sustainable Beef Systems Research Group
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
A collaborative group of researchers and graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan focussed on beef cattle raised in an environmentally sustainable system.
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The Sustainable Beef Cattle Systems Research Group includes faculty from the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Engineering and the Western Beef Development Centre. This research group focuses on beef cattle raised in an environmentally sustainable system. The research on beef cattle covers breeding/genetics, reproduction, health, feeding/nutrition, behaviour, welfare, meat quality, economics, and environmentally sustainable production systems. There are studies in basic and applied science with a strong focus on outreach and commercialization.
Most members of this group have shared research funding and co-authored publications over the past ten years. Some of the members are faculty who have joined the University since then and added new perspective to beef research. All of us consider beef cattle the main animal we study, but several also study other species or other agricultural systems.
|Barth, Albert, Professor||Large Animal Clinical Sciences||WCVM||Bull Fertility|
|Buchanan, Fiona C., Professor||Animal and Poultry Science||Agriculture & Bioresources||Genetics of beef cattle|
|Brown, Bill, Professor||Bioresource Policy, Business & Economics||Agriculture & Bioresources||Economic studies involving feedlots, cow/calf operations, etc.|
|Campbell, John, Professor||Large Animal Clinical Sciences||WCVM||Epidemiology of Infectious Disease and Public Health|
|Clark, Chris, Assistant Professor||Large Animal Clinical Sciences||WCVM||BSE impact on the beef industry|
|Fonstad, Terry, Associate Professor||Chemical & Biological Engineering||Engineering||Enviromental impacts of beef production|
|Hendrick, Steve, Assistant Professor||Large Animal Clinical Sciences||WCVM||Johne's disease in beef cattle|
|Lardner, Bart, WBDC Chair, Adjunct||Animal and Poultry Science||Western Beef Development Centre||Nutrition of cows and calves, grazing management|
|Mapletoft, Reuben, Professor||Large Animal Clinical Sciences||WCVM||Embryo Transfer, Estrous Synchronizaiton, and Cow fertility|
|Maule, Charles, Professor||Chemical & Biological Engineering||Engineering||Environmental Impact of Feedlots|
|McKinnon, John, Beef Chair and Professor||Animal and Poultry Science||Agriculture & Bioresources||Nutrition and growth of cattle, synchrotron techniques for feed quality evaluation|
|Mutsvangwa, Tim, Associate Professor||Animal and Poultry Science||Agriculture & Bioresources||Rumen metabolism and growth|
|Palmer, Colin, Assistant Professor||Large Animal Clinical Sciences||WCVM||Reproductive studies in cattle|
|Animal and Poultry Science||Agriculture & Bioresources|
|Schmutz, Sheila, Professor||Animal and Poultry Science||Agriculture & Bioresources||Genetics of beef cattle|
|Shand, Phyllis, Associate Professor||Food and Bioproduct Sciences||Agriculture & Bioresources||Beef quality evaluation, postmortem tenderization strategies and further processing|
|Stookey, Joe, Professor||Large Animal Clinical Sciences||WCVM||Behaviour and welfare of beef cattle|
|Waldner, Cheryl, Professor||Large Animal Clinical Sciences||WCVM||Epidemiological studies of disease spread in beef cattle|
Calendar of Events
International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare
June 5-7, 2012
"Cows, Grass and Wildlife - A Tradition Continues". Darren Bevans, M. Sc., Manager, Tuesday, November 20, 2012, Room 5C61 AGRI, 1:00 PM
"Effect of butyrate supplementation on the absorptive and barrier functions of the isolated ruminal epithelia from lambs fed a highly fermentable diet". Ms Devon Wilson, Animal & Poultry Science. Monday, March 28, 2011, 4:00 p.m. 5C61 AGRI.
"Livestock as Ecosystem Engineering to Manage Rangelands for Heterogeneity" Dr. Justin Derner, Rangeland Scientist, USDA-ARS. Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 12:30 p.m. Rm 2115 WCVM.
"Hot topics in beef research: Improving beef tenderness and fatty acid composition in Canadian beef." Dr. Manuel Juarez, PDF Meat Scientist, Lacombe Research Centre, Friday, October 29, 2010, 1:30 p.m., 5C61 AGRI.
"Science, not size, predicts male fertility". Drs. Mary Buhr and Murray Pettitt. Thursday, April 15, 2010, 12:30 pm. Room 5C61 AGRI.
"Differences in absorption and metabolism of short-chain fatty acids and the susceptibility to ruminal acidosis". Dr. Greg Penner. Thursday, December 17, 2009, 12:30 pm, Room 2105 WCVM.
"The Impact of Global Climate Change, Utilization of Genetic Resources Management and the Livestock Sector Development on Human Nutrition and Health in Developing Countries", Dr. Yves Plante, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Thursday, September 17, 2009, Room 2115 WCVM.
"Fetal Programming and Epigenetics in Cattle - Effect of nutrition during gestation on the development of the fetus, calf and adult progeny.", Dr. Viv Perry, University of Queensland, Australia. Tuesday, August 25, 2009, Room 2115 WCVM.
"New Technology, No Industry, No Problem", Leigh Marquess, Quantum Genetics, Saskatoon, SK. Thursday, February 26, 2009, 12:30, Room 2115 WCVM.
"Everything I Know - I Learned From a Cow", Dr. Duane McCartney, Forage & Grazing Consultant, Lacombe, AB. Thursday, January 22, 2009, 12:30, Room 2115 WCVM.
"2008 Saskatchewan Beef Cattle Industry Update" by Grant Zalinko, PAg, Thursday, October 23, 2008, 12:30, Room 2115 WCVM.
"Addressing the Welfare Concerns Associated With Electroejaculation in Bulls" by Dr. Colin Palmer, Thursday, May 15, 2008, 12:30, Room 2115 WCVM.
"Beef Production: Stockers in the US and Cow-Calf in Saskatchewan" by Dr. Karen Taylor, Thursday, April 17, 2008, 12:30 Room 2115 WCVM.
Existing U of S research facilities include:
Additional information about our research facilties can be found on a separate page.
We are also thankful to the numerous cow/calf ranches and feeding operations throughout Saskatchewan which cooperate with SBSC members
We gratefully acknowledge funding from a wide variety of agencies, producer groups and industries. Details about our research funding can be found on a separate page. We are especially indebted to the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund which has funded all of us at one time in our careers and continues to provide ongoing support to many of us.
Since 1995, 14 M.V.Sc, 68 M.Sc., 16 Ph.D. students have been or are currently supervised by members of this group. 3 Post Doctoral Fellows and 2 Research Associates have worked under the supervision of members.
Details about our Graduate Students can be found on a separate page.
Links to Other Beef Cattle Related Sites conncected with the U of S
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