Main Contact Person
Mary Jane Orr
Beef & Forage Initiatives
Field infrastructure, beef cattle production, water access, replicated paddocks, Brookdale Farm Station, wooded areas, wetlands, perennial grasslands for hay production and grazing, crop land for annual forage production and extensive grazing, workshop, livestock handling facility, Learning Centre, extension events, Johnson Farm Station, First Street Pasture, hay production and grazing management, paddocks, no-till annual crop production, workshop, handling facility, outdoor corral system, mobile laboratory unit facilitates sample collection and processing in the field and provides added research space for visiting academics, Laboratory facilities, SmartFeed Pro automated cattle feeder solar powered trailers, GPS collars, HOBO Pendant G Data loggers, soil and forage sampling equipment, forage dryers, grazing management, rangeland ecology, soil health, annual forage intercropping, low-stress herd management
Primary Production and Harvesting
In context of a beef cattle production system, evaluate perennial grassland and annual forage productivity. Study the impact of grazing management and pasture rejuvenation strategies to increase productivity and ecosystem services. Demonstrate herd management planning for improved animal performance. Evaluate alternative feedstocks for beef cattle consumption. Assess the return on investment for producers to adopt beneficial management practices.
Evaluate farm management strategies proposed to improve measures of soil health, water quality, and biodiversity on the working landscape. Monitor and benchmark measures of ecosystem services provided through beef cattle production.