Livestock Research Projects

Below is a list of Lakeland's current livestock research projects, For more information on any project contact us!
Project Title Project Information
Project Lead
Project Timeline 
Antimicrobial Resistance- One Health Consortium Lakeland College is collaborating with other Alberta higher institutions via a multidisciplinary strategy that will translate to optimized antimicrobial use (AMU) and eradicated antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in humans and livestock. Lakeland is supporting the One Health Consortium with our beef and dairy cattle resources towards reducing bioburden and optimizing antimicrobial stewardship in the livestock industry. Herman Barkema, UofC University of Calgary, University of Alberta, University of Lethbridge, Athabasca University, Olds College, SAIT, Mount Royal University Major Innovation Fund
2019 - 2026
Evaluating Sire-Progeny Links, Breeding Plans and Information Management in Multi-Sire Breeding Scenarios on Commercial Herds This project aims to arm producers with practical information and evaluation methods and demonstrate the use of the genetic tool Q-Link parentage testing that they can implement in their herd and business management.  Lakeland West Central Forage Association; Peace Country Beef & Forage Association; TrustBIX; Quantum Gentix; Mayerthorpe Veterinary Services; Olds College; Alberta Agriculture and Forestry; Yellowhead County; Brazeau County; Lac Ste. Anne County
Canadian Agricultural Partnership February 1, 2019 – February 1, 2022
Evaluation of energy-use and water-use efficiency under the robot and parlour dairy systems The Dairy Learning Centre provides opportunities to explore the economic value of automation and energy efficiencies in intensive
livestock operations and is currently serving as one of 11 host dairies for AB Milk’s Micro- Combined Heat and Power Technology research project. The current proposal will build upon an earlier feasibility study completed by Alberta Milk exploring the design of a net zero energy footprint and efficient water use in a dairy facility in Alberta as well as sensor technologies and other unique monitoring infrastructure already installed within the Dairy Learning Centre.
 Alberta Innovates April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021
Feeding garlic powder to cattle: Effects on mineral intake, fly repellence and cattle performance The project will evaluate two levels (2.5% and 5%) of garlic powder, 1% garlic oil and No-Garlic product (control) to examine whether seasonal feeding of garlic products to young cattle increased weight gain and had a significant impact on their feed efficiency status measured as Feed Conversion Ratio and RFI. Health performance of the groups receiving different treatments will be assessed with treatment records (e.g. incidents of treatment for pink eye).  Lakeland Highland Feeders, Masterfeeds, Prairie Micro Tech; Anchor Lazy U Cattle Co Ltd. Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture; Canadian Agricultural Partnership; NSERC April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2021
On-Farm Validation of a Novel Milk Fever Test System A previous project at the UofC successfully and reliably measured Ca concentrations in milk samples. This project will validate a new on-farm version of this test on fresh samples.
The different components of this integrated but convenient technology will be individually optimized and assembled. This will be an iterative process whereby the
feedback received from users (instructors, students, veterinarians, producers) will be used to make modifications to separate components. This detailed feedback, based on a carefully designed rubric, will be acquired by a member of the research team and relayed to the rest of team.
 Lakeland University of Calgary, Creative Proteins Solutions Inc. Alberta Innovates April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021
Validation of imaging technology for assessing priority traits in Canadian Angus This project will use Lakeland’s SMF purebred Angus cow herd as well as Angus cows from producer-cooperators. Each animal will be scored for body
condition and measured by ultrasound for back fat by an expert assessor. The Mobile Beef Measurement Unit (MBMU) chute side technology is a multiple camera system mounted on a bracket that is retrofitted into a livestock chute. The MBMU cameras will be used to scan each animal after body condition scoring and ultrasound scanning. The results from the unit will be compared to that of the assessor while the relationships to other economic traits will be calculated. Following scan results, the cameras can be readjusted to positions that optimize image quality and scan results.
 Lakeland Canadian Angus Association, University of Calgary
 Alberta Innovates April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021

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– Anthony Biglieni

Agribusiness Class of 2006

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– Sandi Unruh

Senior Human Resources Consultant

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– Sean Fuller B.Sc., P.Ag.

Vice President, Environmental Services, Vertex.

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Business studies, Class of 2016.

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2nd year UT student, 2017-18

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University Transfer, Class of 2015

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– Alisa Brace

Animal Health Technology, Class of 2016.

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– Grayden Kay

Animal Science & Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

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– Carson Reid

Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

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What Alumni Say
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Heavy Equipment Technician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
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– Ali Mullin

Agribusiness, class of 2014, former Miss Rodeo Canada.

What Alumni Say
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– Stephen Mark Visser

Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment, Class of 2016.

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– Stephanie Wakefeild

University Transfer, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
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– Alyssa Wells

University Transfer, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I wanted to get experience in the field of assessment as it would give me exposure to what it’s like day to day. It was an invaluable experience as I find it hard to imagine what it would be like working in a particular field or area until I’m doing the work.

– Sheldon Farrell

Real estate appraisal and assessment, Class of 2017.

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Esthetician, Class of 2017.

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– Darby Watchel

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Employers Say
Lakeland is a great place to find employees. The college provides real world training that equips soon-to-be employees with knowledge and people skills that are highly sought after in the agriculture industry these days.

– Dustin Dinwoodie

Key Account Manager – Western Canada Arysta LifeScience

What Alumni Say
The hands-on field trips, quality of education i received, professors who are invested in your success, and all the friends I made. I exceeded my academic expectations and I also had a lot of fun. If i had to do it all over gain, i would choose Lakeland!

– Nicole (Audet) Pysh

Class of 2006, Environmental Protection & Class of 2008, Applied Environmental Degree