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Saturday, October 25, 2014
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$2.5 MILLION AWARDED TO LIVESTOCK AND FORAGE RESEARCH PROJECTS

Today, Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud announced more than $2.5 million in funding from the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) for 21 livestock and forage-related research projects.

"Saskatchewan has one of the largest livestock industries in Canada and it's important we invest in its future," Bjornerud said. "These research projects will help to provide long-term benefits for Saskatchewan producers at the farm gate."

Livestock and forage projects receiving funding this year include developing new livestock feeds from the by-products of processed grains, pulses and oilseeds, benchmarking cost of production and performance measures for bison producers, control of postweaning syndrome in newly weaned piglets, and a comprehensive study of cattle grazing stockpiled forages compared to being fed hay in drylot pens.

"Through our research committee, the Saskatcheawn Cattlemen's Association (SCA) has worked hard to support industry research," SCA Chair Jack Hextall said. "Cattle producers place a high value on research for livestock and forage production and we are pleased with the provincial government's commitment through the ADF."

"SaskPork is pleased the provincial government continues to demonstrate support for the livestock sector through its direct funding of practical research," SaskPork Chair Jay McGrath said. "The long term viability of the pork industry is in jeopardy with the ongoing financial crisis we are enduring. Applied research that can improve the health of our herds and lower production costs is extremely valuable to pork producers."

"This benchmarking research will provide cost of production information for this relatively new industry," Saskatchewan Bison Association President Mark Silzer said. "It will not only benefit existing producers but will be an invaluable tool for new producers to assist in the development of sound business plans required to attract capital."

In addition to this livestock and forage research funding, the provincial government has also announced $6.6 million for crops-related research this year.

ADF provides funding to help institutions, companies and industry organizations carry out research, development and value-added activities that will benefit Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers. Detailed information on approved projects is available at www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/ADF.

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For more information, contact:

Jenna Webb
Agriculture
Regina
Phone: 306-787-2359
Email: jenna.webb@gov.sk.ca

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