From Recife to Edmonton: Dr. Gleise Silva takes the helm of new research chair

A story featuring Gleise Silva (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science) recently appointed as the inaugural Beef Cattle Research Council-Hays research chair in beef production systems.

University of Alberta researcher will focus on beef costs

Gleise M. Silva (Department of Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science), U of A’s incoming BCRC-Hays Chair in Beef Production Systems, discusses how she will work with prairie farmers and ranchers to help them find ways to cut the cost of raising cattle while …

New research chair will collaborate with beef producers to bring research into practice

As the BCRC-Hays Chair in Beef Production Systems, Gleise M. Silva (Department of Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science) will play a key role in building a more sustainable and competitive industry.

Beef sector survived COVID shocks

“After a year of adjusting to the shocks associated with COVID-19, the Canadian cattle and beef sector faces a relatively optimistic future,” writes James Rude (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology) in the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Students get virtual taste of real-world life on the farm

With help from dozens of Alberta farmers—and one well-timed birth of a calf— Frank Robinson’s (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science) online animal science course is giving U of A students an inside look at the agricultural industry.

Rotational grazing’s effect on carbon storage studied

Ed Bork (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science) and Bharat Shrestha (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science) comment on a U of A study examining how adaptive multi-paddock grazing compared with neighbouring conventional grazing in terms of carbon storage and greenhouse gas fluxes.

Livestock’s role in a changing climate

Edward Bork (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science) calls for a balanced view, one that weighs the drawbacks against the benefits of methane in livestock production. “Discussions of cattle and climate change should not talk solely about methane but should also include a full accounting of the

Proper use of implants for calves

U of A carcass and meat scientist Heather Bruce (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Sciences) says growth rate and carcass quality may be enhanced by proper use of growth implants. But this can have a negative impact on meat quality.

Pandemic not affecting all cattle sectors equally

“If markets continue to be depressed into the second half of this year, feedlots will take actions and dramatically reduce placements,” writes James Rude (Resource Economics & Environmental Sociology) in what he phrases as “preliminary analysis” looking at Canadian beef market impacts from the virus