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Forage & Grasslands

The health and profitability of the cow-calf sector depend on forage and grassland productivity.  Research is focused on the development of strategies that will improve grassland management to increase productivity and sustainability.  Research also works to develop annual and perennial forage varieties with increased biomass yield per acre, maintained or improved nutritional value, improved water efficiency, and appropriate economic characteristics.

With improved research and training capacity, further research in this area can quantify the environmental footprint and socio-economic impact of the forage-beef sector in Canada.  Further research can also improve yields and nutritional quality of tame, native and annual species. See specific research priorities and target outcomes in the Canadian Beef Research and Technology Transfer Strategy.

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