Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production

The Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production (TACLP) offers resources and services required to move the livestock industry’s technological needs forward. We address industry priorities related to production efficiency, animal health and welfare, and environmental sustainability by giving livestock producers, technology developers and SMEs access to facilities, emerging smart agriculture technologies, testing services, research expertise and training opportunities. Thanks to funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Technology Access Centre offers resources and services required to move the livestock industry's technological needs forward. Olds College’s vertically integrated beef program allows for technology and products to be tested at every step in production (seed stock, cow-calf, feedlot, processing).

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Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production

The Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production (TACLP) offers resources and services required to move the livestock industry’s technological needs forward. We address industry priorities related to production efficiency, animal health and welfare, and environmental sustainability by giving livestock producers, technology developers and SMEs access to facilities, emerging smart agriculture technologies, testing services, research expertise and training opportunities. Thanks to funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Technology Access Centre offers resources and services required to move the livestock industry's technological needs forward. Olds College’s vertically integrated beef program allows for technology and products to be tested at every step in production (seed stock, cow-calf, feedlot, processing).

Our Goals

  • To improve animal health and welfare

  • To increase the production efficiency

  • To enhance environmental sustainability

Technology Access Centre Services

The applied research facilities and expertise allows innovators and businesses to evaluate proprietary concepts and technologies while being supported by the TACLP's robust confidentiality policy. Our services include:

  • Residual Feed Intake testing for beef and small ruminants

  • Trial protocol development and validation

  • Third party verification and field testing

  • Management of beef and small ruminant trials in a pasture or feedlot setting

  • Agricultural student focus groups

  • Coordination of producer training

  • Genomics testing

Ongoing Livestock Research

The TACLP's research goals help address industry issues related to production efficiency, animal health and welfare, and environmental sustainability.

  • Evaluating feed efficiency of market steers and breeding stock to achieve genetic improvement, reduce feed requirements and decrease the environmental footprint of beef cattle

  • Health impacts of optimized pre-conditioning in beef cattle

  • Evaluating sire-progeny links, breeding plans and information management in multi-sire breeding scenarios on commercial beef herds

  • Tactile stimulation for imprinting of newborn beef calves

  • Investigating floating islands as a technology to remediate feedlot runoff water

  • Corn intercropping strategies for extended winter grazing

  • Handling acclimation and the effects on reproductive performance

  • Evaluation of technology for improving productivity and regenerating soil health of grazing land in Western Canada

Current Projects

  • Animal Identification using Artificial Intelligence

    Animal Identification using Artificial Intelligence

    Using artificial intelligence for individual animal identification is a novel concept that Olds College is exploring with an industrial client. If successful, producers will be able to identify animals within their herds using images or videos collected from the ground or air, which could have applications to automated illness detection or animal traceability. ...more

  • Crop Cocktail

    Cattle at feed station

    Research includes testing different seed mixes in pastures to improve soil health, increase plant diversity, and provide adequate nutrition for cattle. ...more

  • Floating Island Technology for Livestock Water Remediation

    Plants on Floating Islands in a greenhouse

    This project evaluates the economic and environmental benefits of using native wetland plants and floating island technology to treat feedlot runoff water. ...more

  • Grazing Management

    Cattle Grazing in a Field

    The grazing management project was established to evaluate and demonstrate the use of various remote grazing management technologies. ...more

  • Heifer Development - Handling Acclimation

    Heifer Development

    Olds College is studying the effects of different handling acclimation procedures prior to the breeding season on reproductive performance, reactivity at handling, and physiological indicator of stress assessed in beef heifers. ...more

  • Sire Progeny

    Baby calf at Olds College

    This project evaluates sire-progeny links, breeding plans and information management/record keeping in multi-sire breeding scenarios on commercial herds. ...more