Research Priorties 

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. Economics and profitability - To benefit the beef and forage industries whenever possible the economic and profitability implications of the project should be defined and/or measured. Projects combining economic implications and multiple priorities will score more favourably.
  2. Knowledge Transfer - A technology transfer or communications plan should be incorporated into each project to ensure that the tools and methodologies developed are shared with those with the ability to implement them. It is recommended that knowledge transfer plans utilize a variety of communications techniques.
  3. Soil, Forage, and Grassland Health and Productivity - Develop new forages or forage management strategies that address: forage agronomy concerns, forage productivity (both yield and quality) and animal performance. Develop new tools and/or methodologies for improving soil health and productivity; resulting in increased sustainability and production.
  4. Environmental Sustainability - Develop tools and/or methodologies that producers can use to 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).
  5. Nutrition and Feed Efficiency - Develop tools and/or methodologies for producers to increase beef cattle feed efficiency. Develop tools and/or methodologies for producers to track and capture more value from the carcass through improved beef quality and feeding strategies. 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.
  6.  Animal Health and Welfare - Develop tools and/or methodologies that allow producers to proactively address current and forecasted animal health concerns, improve cattle handling practices, and improve herd selection; implement the updated Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle (2013) that address market requirements and consumer confidence.



Open to Application for MBFI Fund

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

MBFI Call for Proposals

The deadline is November 30 at 4:30 PM.

The purpose of this initiative is to determine priority areas and attract resources to address research and extension needs; to improve the collaboration between beef and forage researchers and extension staff; and to help ensure the efficient use of available resources while remaining flexible to evolving sector needs. It is important that the research and extension projects conducted within the initiative address gaps and issues in Manitoba’s beef and forage production knowledge base.

Project information and results are to be extended to producers using new and novel techniques that are designed to improve adoption rates. The information should also be extended to the general public, policy makers and the media so they can make informed choices about the beef and forage industries.

The purpose of this call is to gather potential project proposals that fit the priorities of this initiative as defined in the attached 2017 MBFI Project Proposal Form.

Please note: funding for 2018 and beyond has not been confirmed due to the transition between funding programs i.e. Growing Forward 2 and the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership program.