A new livestock research centre that opened Tuesday near Saskatoon is the biggest of its kind in Canada.
The University of Saskatchewan’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) is meant to study best practices for raising livestock and growing feed.
The facility occupies just over 4,300 acres in total across three locations within about a half hour’s drive of Saskatoon.
The beef cattle, forage and cow-calf research and teaching units are spread across two sites just south of Clavet, while the Goodale Research Farm is located southeast of Saskatoon near the community of Floral.
Some of the features of the LFCE include a 1,500-head capacity feedlot, a total of 465 breeding cows as well as horses, bison and deer for research.
A University of Saskatchewan media release explained the LFCE was partly meant to consolidate sites formerly spread across the province. This was meant to allow students, researchers and industry partners to better share information.
The centre will also provide new research and teaching opportunities for students and faculty from the U of S’s Western College of Veterninary Medicine, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, and College of Engineering.
The LFCE will operate under director Kris Ringwall, a beef cattle expert who formerly headed up North Dakota State University’s Dickinson Research and Extension Centre. Ringwall is expected to start in his new position on Nov. 1.
The U of S put in $11 million of the $38 million cost of the facility. The rest was covered through funding from the federal and provincial governments, as well as various organizations, corporations and individuals.