Alberta Lamb Producers’ mission is to be a dynamic partner in building a sustainable, thriving industry for sheep producers. Contributing check-off dollars to research is just one way ALP is putting producer dollars to work for the benefit of the entire industry. ALP is proud to support research that will assist producers on their farms. Although we have been supporting research for many years, a recent increase in sheep research required the Board of Directors to add a new budget line in our operating budget and policies around the use of these funds. ALP currently budgets 2.5% of our operating budget annually to sheep research that will directly benefit our producers; this percentage is higher than many other large commodity groups. Requests for funds are carefully examined by the Board of Directors on a case-by-case basis to ensure that it aligns with the Alberta Research Priorities document, a joint Alberta industry collaboration, developed by ALP and Alberta Agriculture, and aligned with the Canadian Research Priorities 2014-2015. ALP enjoys a great relationship with researchers and regularly publishes their research findings in N’ewesletter to ensure the information gets back to producers.
Research projects supported by ALP include:
- Incidence and characterization of feedlot lambs and ewe flock lameness in Alberta, Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, 2016
- Improved accuracy in diagnosing pregnancy and predicting litter size at early ewe gestation; Metabolomics analyses for pen side kit development, Dr. Susan Markus, 2016
- Reducing impacts of ergot alkaloids on performance of growing lambs, Dr. Kim Stanford, 2015 (Project summary)
- Development of a respiratory vaccine for sheep, Dr. Andrew Potter and Dr. Joyce Vandonkersgoed, 2014
- Predicting feeder lamb performance: a validation of Sheepbytes feeding recommendations, Dr. Susan Markus, 2014 (Project summary)
- Investigating and mitigating the emergence of Haemonchus contortus as a major pathogen of western Canadian sheep, Dr. John Gilleard and Dr. Michel Levy, 2014
- Benchmarking Canadian lamb carcass and meat quality through use of innovative platform technologies, Dr. Manuel Juarez, 2013
If you’d like more information about any of the research studies we have supported, or have questions about our policies, please contact the office.