Research is a key element in the development of any industry. Since 1994, Quebec cattle producers have managed a Research Fund, which allows them to fund structuring projects for their production sectors. The creation of this Fund was approved by the Régie des marchés agricoles et alimentaires du Québec.
This Fund is essential to initiate research projects that correspond to the needs of Quebec cattle producers. The research is generally performed by government research centres, universities, private laboratories or private groups.
The financial contribution of the private sector very often determines the government’s contribution and is even a condition for government involvement in most cases.
The Fund is built up by a special levy on each head of cattle marketed. It is administered by the five production sectors through their marketing committee. The research projects cover the environment, animal health, herd management and marketing.
Current research projects
The 2016-2017 research projects are:
- Complex mixtures of grasses and leguminous plants for livestock grazing
- Assessment of the potential of complex mixtures with deferred grazing for cow-calf operations in Eastern Canada
- Genetic improvement in the cow-calf sector
- Provincial analysis of fed cattle by Quebec agricultural advisory groups
- Awareness tools for bob calf care
- Decision-aid tools for culling cows
- Analysis and support in the control of S. Dublin
Other cattle production research projects are being conducted in the rest of Canada. For more information, visit the Beef Cattle Research Council website.