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February 14, 2024 Checking in with ABP

An update on Alberta AgriSystems Living Lab

Alberta AgriSystems Living Lab (AALL) is focused on measuring the impacts of beneficial management practices (BMPs) on profitability, productivity, greenhouse gas emission reduction and carbon sequestration in the following areas:

  • Cropping systems and crop rotations
  • Land use changes
  • Nutrient management (fertilizer and manure)
  • Grazing management
  • Livestock feeding
  • Carbon on the whole farm (where can you maximize carbon sequestration
    on a particular landscape)
  • Soil health impacts

Twenty-nine producers across Alberta have implemented, or will be implementing, one or more of 14 BMPs on their operations.

Baseline measurements are mostly complete with first-year soil, forage and crop measurements and analysis underway. The AALL also held three summer field days, two soil workshops with Indigenous communities and a webinar so far in 2023. In addition, we are currently analyzing the results of our Adoption Rate Survey, which will provide valuable insight into baseline rates of adoption of several of these BMPs. Other data currently under analysis includes cost of production and information required to estimate baseline GHG and carbon storage on these operations using the Holos model. Cost-benefit modelling of selected BMPs is beginning later this year (with more to follow in subsequent years), and we are also examining non-financial drivers of adoption related to producer values and attitudes.

Stay tuned for more AALL online events through the rest of 2023, and join us for more learning opportunities in 2024!

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This article was first published in Volume 3 Issue 4 of ABP Magazine (December 2023). Watch for more digital content from the magazine on ABP Daily.

About the Author

Karin grew up on a mixed farm near Keoma, AB, raising purebred Simmental cattle and grain, and is still involved in the family operation to a limited extent. She has a Master’s Degree in Agriculture from the University of Alberta, and her thesis focused on the genetic and metabolic factors affecting feed efficiency in beef cattle. Before joining Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) in 2011, Karin spent just over four years with the Canadian Hereford Association as their Breed Development Coordinator. At ABP, Karin is the Lead, Beef Production and Extension, providing technical support in the areas of cattle health and welfare, research, and production practices.  She works very closely with several industry and government organizations on issues of importance to the industry, and large part of her job is translating science to producers and explaining producer needs to researchers.


Cattle Report

Updated: 12/04/2024


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Choice Steers

Live: 182.00 (KN, TX) 185.00 (NE)
Rail: 293.00-295.00 (NE, IA)

Choice Heifers

Live: 182.00 (KN, TX) 185.00 (NE)
Rail: 293.00-295.00 (NE, IA)

Boner Cows

Over 500 lbs: 250.84

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$72.82   0.32

Livestock Price Insurance Index

Expiry Fed Feeder Calf
8-Jul-24 226 -- --
5-Aug-24 222 318 --
2-Sep-24 220 324 --
30-Sep-24 220 324 366
28-Oct-24 218 324 366
25-Nov-24 216 320 364
23-Dec-24 222 312 360
Last Updated on April 11, 2024

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