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Information for Researchers


Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives Inc. is working to advance the forage and livestock industry and looks forward to partnering with researchers dedicated to beef and forage research. Already, MBFI has been partnered with many reputable research institutes such as the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Brandon University, Assiniboine Community College and the Western Beef Development Centre among others.

MBFI supports research projects through the MBFI Research Fund. The Fund provides financial assistance to researchers to conduct innovative research, applied investigation or demonstration projects to advance the beef and forage industry in Manitoba. The objective of the Fund is to push the boundaries of science and demonstration, through the studying and testing of production practices that address the economic, environmental, and social sustainability goals of Manitoba's beef and forage producers, private industry and both the federal and provincial governments. Projects should focus on managing the risk inherent in Manitoba's beef and forage production model, and improve the industry's ability to capture emerging market opportunities.

The MBFI Research Fund is a combination of federal, provincial and industry funding designated to research supporting the beef and forage sector’s research priorities – as listed below. MBFI is hoping to invest approximately $400,000 from the MBFI Research Fund over three years (2015 and 2018) to support specific costs related to qualifying projects (student wages and expenses, and research project supplies and services).

Projects may take place at MBFI sites, completely off-site, or both partially on and off site at MBFI. Although projects on site will be given priority. Projects on MBFI sites are eligible to have MBFI staff and farm resources counted as in kind contributions, or alternatively have these resources charged to the project at competitive rates.

At MBFI we value all stages of research; from the foundational science to applied projects and demonstration work. That is why MBFI also has partner-led applied research and demonstration projects managed by project leads from the core partnering organizations. These partner-led initiatives go through a separate application process but are considered and ranked relative to all projects received, to determine which provide the greatest value and benefit to Manitoba’s beef and forage industries.  Ideas for the partner-led project activities are also welcome and encouraged. Please send your ideas and comments to

Projects funded by the MBFI Research Fund

Ecological Goods and Services Provided by Rangelands and Lands
Producing Perennial Forages in Manitoba

Microbial biomass as a possible indicator of soil health

Research Priorities:

Priorities were gathered and ranked from input by industry associations, researchers and producers. These priorities will be adapted to emerging issues and needs. The projects should align with, but are not limited to the guiding priorities.

To benefit the beef and forage industries whenever possible the economic and profitability implications of the project should be defined and measured. Projects combining economic implications and multiple priorities will score more favorably.

The priorities are ranked as follows:

  1. Forage and Grassland Productivity - Develop new forages or forage management strategies that address: forage agronomy concerns, forage productivity (both yield and quality) and animal performance.
  2.  Nutrition and Feed Efficiency - Develop tools and/or methodologies for producers to create beef and forage production management strategies that increase beef cattle feed efficiency. For example: through improved general animal performance (i.e. increased feed conversion rates and breeding stock longevity), or by developing tools for industry to improve the selection of forages and beef cattle that improve the producer’s ability to capture more profit from the herd.
  3.  Environmental Sustainability - Develop tools and/or methodologies for producers to build farm management strategies that improve their ability to remain profitable in tandem with environmental requirements, and/or to remain profitable when faced with adverse environmental conditions (e.g. flood, drought).
  4.  Animal Health and Welfare - Develop tools and/or methodologies for producers to proactively address current and forecasted animal health concerns; to implement the updated Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle (2013) that address market requirements and consumer confidence. 
  5.  Beef Quality - Develop tools and/or methodologies for producers to track and capture more value from the carcass through improved beef quality, feeding strategies, improved cattle handling practices and herd selection.
  6.  Food Safety - Develop tools and/or methodologies for producers to improve food safety and encourage market access of beef produced in Manitoba.

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