The Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production (TAC) 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 (TAC) 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 TAC'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 TAC'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