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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This webpage was last updated on September 18, 2014 by Sheila Schmutz (sheila.schmutz@usask.ca) The linked pages in this series may have been updated more recently however.

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 several years. Some of the members are faculty who have joined the University more recently and added new perspectives to beef research. All of us consider beef cattle the main animal we study, but several also study other species or other agricultural systems.

Research Areas

Researchers

Researcher Department College Area
Barth, Albert, Professor Emeritus 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, Associate Professor Large Animal Clinical Sciences WCVM BSE impact on the beef industry
Fonstad, Terry, Associate Professor Civil and Geological Engineering Engineering Enviromental impacts of beef production
Lardner, Bart, WBDC Chair, Adjunct Animal and Poultry Science Western Beef Development Centre Nutrition of cows and calves, grazing management
Jelinski, Murray, Professor and Alberta Chair in Beef Health and Production Large Animal Clinical Sciences WCVM Veterinary Practice in Western Canada, Mycoplasma bovis
Mapletoft, Reuben, Professor Emeritus 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, Associate Professor Large Animal Clinical Sciences WCVM Reproductive studies in cattle

Penner, Greg Associate Professor and Centennial Chair

Animal and Poultry Science Agriculture & Bioresources Ruminant nutritional physiology  
Schmutz, Sheila, Professor Animal and Poultry Science Agriculture & Bioresources Genetics of beef cattle
Shand, Phyllis, 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

2014 Calendar of Events

Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference
January 22-23, 2014
Saskatoon, SK

  • Video
  • Symposium: Emerging Issues with Ergot and Fusarium
    June 12, 2014
    Saskatoon, SK

  • Program available as a downloadable pdf
  • Western Beef Development 16th Annual Field Day
    June 24, 2014
    Lanigan, SK

  • Program available as a downloadable pdf
  • 2015 Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference
    January 21-23, 2014
    Regina, SK

  • Program
  • 2015 Western Canada Feedlot Management School
    January 27-29, 2015
    Travelodge, Saskatoon, SK

  • Program available in the fall
  • Research Facilities

    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

    Research Funding

    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.

    Graduate Studies

    Between 1995 and 2004, 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 worked under the supervision of members.

    From 2005 to 2014, 46 M.Sc. and 14 Ph.D. students have graduated or are now studying under members of this group.

    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

  • Western Beef Development Centre
  • A centre for the generation and distribution of information that will improve the economic performance of the Western Canadian cattle industry
  • Genes for Cowboys
  • An online review of inheritance patterns of important beneficial traits and disorders in cattle
  • Applied Animal Ethology
  • A webpage devopted to the study of behavior and welfare concerns of dometic animals

    Links to Diagnostic Testing Services


    for further information contact: Sheila Schmutz, Webmaster