Strategic Research Program
The Saskatchewan livestock industry is an important part of Saskatchewan's agriculture industry contributing more than $1.7 billion in farm cah reciepts in 2011. Saskatchewan has an extensive and affordable land base, as well as access to forage, hay, and feed grain production.
The livestock industry relies heavily on trade. Factors such as changes in feed prices, high exchange rates against American currency, labour shortages, higher input costs, and new policy regulations may result in lower profitability for livestock producers. Therefore, innovations are important for the livestock industry to improve profitability and competitiveness.
The livestock chairs work with other researchers and livestock producers to develop new knowledge and technologies. This supports a stronger beef value chain and a sustainable livestock sector that will continue to contribute significantly to the provincial economy.
The four SRP Chairs in the Livestock Development theme are: