Olds College will now be home to a purebred Red Angus herd, thanks to a donation of 10 Red Angus heifer calves.
Shiloh Cattle Company, Circle G Anus, Wraz Red Angus, Fraser Farms, Triple S Red Angus, KC Stock Farm Ltd., Anderson Cattle Company, Brylor Ranch, Matejka Farms and Diamond T Cattle Co. all donated.
The purebred herd will be managed by the College’s Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production (TAC) who provide resources and services to move the livestock industry’s technological needs forward.
“We intend to incorporate these donated animals into applied research projects that focus on production efficiency, animal health and welfare, and environmental sustainability,” commented Sean Thompson, Manager, Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production.
“There will also be an initial focus specifically on benchmarking genetics and performance so that we can measure progress with time. Academic integration will follow shortly, and students will be involved in the herd activities through class and student club participation.”
Through the agreement, the college will be able to access service bulls or donated semen to allow greater access to superior Red Angus genetics from across Canada to improve the College’s own breeding program.
“We feel this is a great way to not only showcase Red Angus cattle but also promote the entire purebred beef industry in youth across the country,” commented Darnell Fornwald, First Class Cattle Marketing.
“By giving the College access to some of the best Red Angus genetics in the country, students attending Olds College will now have limitless opportunities to succeed in numerous areas of the beef industry.”