Sustainable Beef Systems Research Group

Dr. John McKinnon

Professor and Saskatchewan Beef Industry Chair

Department of Animal and Poultry Science

College of Agriculture & Bioresources

University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, Canada S7N 5A8

phone: (306)966-4137 fax: (306)966-4151



Dr. McKinnon obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (1978) from the University of Manitoba and his M.Sc. (1986) and Ph.D. (1992) from the University of Saskatchewan. From 1978 to 1982, he worked as a Cattle Buyer for Canada Packers Inc. in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and as a Beef Specialist for Manitoba Agriculture from 1984 to 1986.

Currently Dr. McKinnon occupies the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Chair in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the University of Saskatchewan. This position is funded by the Saskatchewan Beef Industry and is mandated to work in the areas of extension, research and teaching. In terms of teaching, he offers courses in beef cattle management and animal nutrition to diploma and degree students and advanced ruminant nutrition to graduate students.

Research Focus

Dr. McKinnon works closely with industry, producer associations and government to help promote industry growth and development. These include the Saskatchewan Stock Grower¹s Association, the Saskatchewan Cattle Feeders Association, the Western Beef Development Centre, the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada and Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food. Examples of technology transfer activities involving the Beef Chair include:

In addition to the above activities, the Beef Chair works with cow-calf producers, feedlot operators, veterinarians, and feed industry personnel on their feeding and management programs and speaking at producer meetings on pertinent industry issues, the writing of extension articles and working with industry organizations.

Research Focus

Dr. McKinnon's research focuses on nutritional and environmental factors influencing the growth and carcass quality of feeder cattle and the nutrition of wintering beef cows. Areas of emphasis have included use of wet distiller's by-products for feedlot cattle, nutritional evaluation of grain screenings for growing cattle, use of real-time ultrasound for predicting carcass quality of breeding and finishing cattle, the impact of the environment on performance of cattle in western Canada and the use of high lipid feeds for growing and finishing cattle.

Graduate student training is a central focus of his research program. Current research projects involving M.Sc. or Ph.D. students include:

Recent Research Publications

(Graduate Students & Post-Doc's in bold)

John McKinnon's Department of Animal and Poultry Science Webpage

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